What do you understand by the term aborigines? How is their point of view represented in Australian literature?
Australian history and literature do reveal the many tensions that have gone into the making of the Australian nation. These are the tension between the old country of England, the metropolitan coIonial centre and the new country of Australia on the antipodean margins of the British Empire; he tension between the settlers and the indigenous Aborigines; the tension between early waves of settlers and more recent immigrants; the tension between the old language, images and literary forms of British literature and the idiom, images and literary forms taking root in the new environment of Australia. All these tensions shaped the themes and forms of Australian literature.