The debate about the Macquarie Anthology has so far emphasised its impact within Australia; what has been less discussed is the considerable effect it will have on the burgeoning study of Australian literature abroad.

We in the US are  familiar, for instance, with the idea of "individual Australian writers of merit", many of whom have received rapturous reviews and robust sales in the US market. But we are less familiar with the "body of Australian literature as a whole".