David Foster, The Glade within the Grove

Narelle Shaw
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Foster's most ambitious novel

The Glade within the Grove

is a “


” or “an epic-like narrative” (xxxiv). It begins conventionally,

in medias res

, in the midst of things, in 1968, the year of international revolutionary activity, before backtracking to the beginning, the Big Bang, the moment of the universe's creation. It is mythic, dealing with the gods and heroes of western culture. In particular, it defines the Australian ethos. In “My Blue Heaven”, the essay which anticipates the


, Foster insists “our flora, our landscape, are unique, and so are we” (68). He exhorts Australians to love this country and its indigenous daemon, specifically tree spirits. The


's mythic function is related to its epic form. The transmission of myth, and thus a culture's retention…

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Citation: Shaw, Narelle. "The Glade within the Grove". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 May 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=784, accessed 23 June 2024.]

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