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The writer A. G. Stephens had a reputation as a literary critic, and the Scottish-born educator and anthologist Walter Murdoch was known around the world as an essayist.
Contemporary literary opinion finds expression in the quarterlies Meanjin of Melbourne and Southerly of Sydney, and in the weekly journal of opinion The Bulletin. The latter has been a force in Australian literature for at least seven decades. Australian literature is now a recognized academic subject in educational institutions. The scholarly journal Australian Literary Studies is an adjunct to such courses. In addition, many popular periodicals carry reviews and articles on contemporary publications and literary developments.