Australia has a rich tradition of storytelling that reflects our unique history and experience. GREAT AUSTRALIAN STORIES gathers some of the best of our stories from colonial times to the present, with bush yarns, tall stories, urban myths, and tales of the mysterious and downright weird. With ten new stories, this second edition of the bestselling GREAT AUSTRALIAN STORIES is the most representative collection available of the stories we tell about ourselves.
Graham Seal explains where the stories come from, and why even the outright lies reveal a truth of sorts.
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Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific (CASAAP) at Curtin University, Australia. He received his BA (Hons) in History from the University of New South Wales, Australia, his MA in Folklife Studies at the University of Leeds, UK, and his PhD from Deakin University, Australia. He has a distinguished national profile as a founder of folklore studies in Australia, and is also a leading and widely-cited international authority on the cultural traditions of the hero. He has had a substantial career in university teaching, research and management and previously worked in government publishing and the music industry.