Google Reveals a Peak in References of Australia in English Literature
This graph shows how many mentions of the country, Australia, came up literature from 1960 to 2005. The trends are less than 10% until about 1972, spiking to above 20% in 1980. Then, the number of mentions lowered to around 10% again until about 1986 when they skyrocketed. By 1988 the mentions were at 100%. These trends slumped again drastically to back below 10% in 1991. Then there was a gradual, but steady, climb over the next years until 2005 when the number stood above 30%.
The probable causes for this spike in the late 1980s could most likely stem from the pop culture. Musicians from Australia were big in the 1980s like UK born Olivia Newton John who grew up in Australia and went on to become a world pop icon. Then, several major U.S. musical stars, like Michael Jackson and Madonna did Australian tours. The Australian film industry was breaking out with important films like 1885’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” an Australian film starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner. Therefore, as shown on the graph, writers cashed in on the rise in popularity of Australia as a country and subject for literature in the late 1980s.