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November 09, 2021 English

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Professor Jason Rudy co-published an essay with three English PhD students: Aaron Bartlett, Lindsey O'Neil, and Justin Thompson, featured in Worlding the South: Nineteenth-century Literary Culture and the Southern Settler Colonies. Their essay "Australia to Paraguay: race, class, and poetry in a South American colony" examines the role of poetry and minstrelsy in a late-nineteenth century Australian colony in Paraguay. 

The collection brings together for the first time literary studies of British colonies in nineteenth-century Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific Islands. Drawing on hemispheric studies, Indigenous studies, and southern theory to decentre British and other European metropoles, the collection offers a groundbreaking challenge to national paradigms and traditional literary periodisations and canons by prioritising southern cultural networks in multiple regional centres from Cape Town to Dunedin. Worlding the south examines the dialectics of literary worldedness in ways that recognise inequalities of power, textual and material violence, and literary and cultural resistance. The collection revises current literary histories of the 'British world' by arguing for the distinctiveness of settler colonialism in the southern hemisphere, and by incorporating Indigenous, diasporic, and south-south perspectives.