Sue Saliba: Alaska; and Penny Tangey: Clara in Washington

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield is the author of a Young Adult novel, Have You Seen Byron Lichen? (2002). He also holds a PhD on

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Stephen Mansfield

 

Alaska
by Sue Saliba
Penguin, $19.95 pb, 185 pp, 9780143206118

 

Clara in Washington
by Penny Tangey
University of Queensland Press, $19.95 pb, 253 pp, 9780702238871

 

Since the publication of Frank Moorhouse’s The Americans, Baby (1972), Australian literature has maintained a tense awareness of its powerful neighbour’s cultural sway over younger generations. Even the ‘Oz as’ Young Adult titles (think of Tim Winton’s Lockie Leonard series) concede, by studious omission, the impact of American cultural hegemony on the teenage imagination in Australia.

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