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Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Explores the literary tradition of Australian women through a multiracial and multicultural lens

  • Deconstructs topics such as gender, political ideology, race, and sexuality within the context of Australian women's writing

  • Expertly navigates a wide variety of perspectives and topics in order to present a cohesive image of the literary legacy of Australian women

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Sanjukta Dasgupta, Devaleena Das
    Pages 1-33
  3. Breaking the Silence: Self and Identity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 35-35
    2. Writing Silence: Grieving Mothers and the Literature of War

      • Ffion Murphy, Richard Nile
      Pages 37-59
  4. From the Margins: Longing and Belonging

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 243-243

About this book

This volume explores the subterfuges, strategies, and choices that Australian women writers have navigated in order to challenge patriarchal stereotypes and assert themselves as writers of substance. Contextualized within the pioneering efforts of white, Aboriginal, and immigrant Australian women in initiating an alternative literary tradition, the text captures a wide range of multiracial Australian women authors’ insightful reflections on crucial issues such as war and silent mourning, emergence of a Australian national heroine, racial purity and Aboriginal motherhood, communism and activism, feminist rivalry, sexual transgressions, autobiography and art of letter writing, city space and female subjectivity, lesbianism, gender implications of spatial categories, placement and displacement, dwelling and travel, location and dislocation and female body politics. Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing tracks Australian women authors’ varied journeys across cultural, political and racial borders in the canter of contemporary political discourse.

Keywords

  • Australian literature
  • Australian women's writers
  • national heroine
  • life narrative
  • Aboriginal motherhood

Reviews

“This lively collection of essays, organized thematically into five sections, brings new perspectives to bear on Australian women’s writing from the late nineteenth century onwards. Highly recommended.” (Deirdre Coleman, Robert Wallace Chair of English, University of Melbourne, Australia)

“This new collection of essays claims a space for Australian women’s writing not only in Australian literature but in our broader readings of space and environment, race and indigeneity, gender and sexuality, women’s lives and women’s careers. It brings a new transnational dimension to our understanding of Australian women’s writing.” (David Carter, Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History, School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland, Australia)

“A spectacularly comprehensive account of Australian women’s writing as mediated by a transnational Indian perspective. It will undoubtedly generate many new research directions and collaborations.” (Sneja Gunew, Professor Emerita, English/ Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia, Canada)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Women and Gender Studies Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison , Madison, USA

    Devaleena Das

  • Department of English, Calcutta University , Kolkata, India

    Sanjukta Dasgupta

About the editors

Dr. Devaleena Das is Lecturer at University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.  Her published books include Critical Study of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Critical Essays on Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Unveiling Desire: Fallen Women in Literature, Culture, and Films of the East. 

Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta is Professor and Former Head, Department of English and Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University. She is a poet, critic and translator and recipient of many awards and fellowships. Her published books include The Novels of Huxley and Hemingway: A Study in Two Planes of Reality, and Media, Gender and Popular Culture in India: Tracking Change and Continuity.


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USD 89.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-50400-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)