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Australasian Literature Collection Premieres at Alexander Street Press

April 28, 2014

(ALEXANDRIA, VA) – Alexander Street Press has debuted Australasian Literature Online, a web collection that celebrates the vibrancy of poetry and fiction from across Australasia.
Australasian Literature Online is growing to include more than 120,000 pages of writings penned from the 1930s to the present day. This expansive online resource is designed for academic audiences and places a strong focus on Indigenous Australians, Maori, Pacific Islanders, and female voices.
To help enhance study of these important works, the collection pairs primary-source literature with supplementary materials—including author interviews, documentaries, scholarly writings, and other related multimedia—and makes the full content available instantly on any computer or mobile device.

Geographic coverage reaches across Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Rotuma, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga, Vanuatu, and more. Featured writers in the collection include:

  • Allen Curnow—poetic voice and literary critic of New Zealand
  • Peter Cowan—distinguished West Australian novelist, author of The Hills of Apollo Bay
  • Morgan Yasbincek—celebrated contemporary Australian poet and novelist, and winner of the Anne Elder and the Mary Gilmore poetry awards
  • Albert Wendt—contemporary Pacific poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, painter, and academic, named Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 for his literary service
  • Sia Figiel—Samoan poet, novelist, and painter, past winner of the Polynesian Literary Competition and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for fiction
  • Robin Hyde—New Zealand author, poet, journalist, and outspoken activist, best known for her novels Passport to Hell, Nor the Years Condemn, and The Godwits Fly
  • And many other writers from across the Pacific, including Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Imaikalani Kalahele, Karlo Mila, JC Sturm, and Robert Sullivan

“The materials in this collection reach to every corner of the Australasian region, bringing contemporary literature to students, faculty, and researchers globally,” said Julie Stevens, senior sales director, non-Americas at Alexander Street Press. “Australasian Literature Online not only makes the acclaimed texts more accessible, but also gives new voice to groups and individuals whose writings have often been lost or overlooked, or have simply been difficult to access. This collection puts Australasian content on the stage with other recognized literary content from around the world.”

Australasian Literature Online is a web collection available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via annual subscription or one-time purchase. No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet browser. For more information or to request a trial or price quote, email sales [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com


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