Women and the Bush
Forces of Desire in the Australian Cultural Tradition
By (author) Kay Schaffer
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Women and the Bush by Kay Schaffer
Book DescriptionImages of Australian identity, and of Australian nationhood, are social and cultural constructs. There are several dominant themes and elements, one of the most pervasive being the Australian bushman confronting a vast and barren landscape. This is a specifically Australian conception of the battle between Man and Nature. Throughout the myths, traditions and literary creations of Australia are underlying assumptions about gender and sexual difference: assumptions about masculinity and femininity within the nationalist tradition, which affect perceptions today. In this new critique, Kay Schaffer applies the insights of feminist scholarship and of literary analysis to examine the national character. She looks at how the concept of 'the typical Australian', and the woman who stands in relation to him, has evolved across a range of cultural forms, including historical and literary texts, film and the media. She concentrates in particular on the writings of Henry Lawson and of Barbara Bayton. The circulation of ideas about these writers, their contribution to a national mythology, and the different ways their importance has been represented to modern readers, is explored and discussed. This thoughtful and provocative study will interest readers concerned with Australian literary and cultural history, as well as the broader questions of Australia's changing self-image. It will be of particular value to those interested in feminist approaches to culture and society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521368162
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kay Schaffer
Human Rights and Narrated Lives, Hardback (September 2004)
Personal narratives have become one of the most potent vehicles for advancing human rights claims across the world. This text explores what happens when autobiographical narratives are produced, received and circulated in the field of human rights. Author Schaffer from University of Adelaide, SA.
In the Wake of First Contact, Paperback (January 1995)» View all books by Kay Schaffer
In this book, colonialism, race, and gender are explored through the cultural representations of an episode of Australian history.
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