Schreiner, Olive

  • Valerie L. StevensEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02721-6_211-1

Definition

Best known as the author of The Story of an African Farm (1883), Olive Schreiner (1855–1920) was a novelist, writer of short allegorical stories, essayist, and correspondent with major thinkers of her day. Born in South Africa, Schreiner spent much of her adult life moving both within her homeland and between Europe (mostly England) and Africa. Schreiner was notable for her New Woman heroines, particularly Lyndall from The Story of an African Farm and Rebekah in From Man to Man (1926), and her views on the woman question in those novels and elsewhere, including Woman and Labour (1911). Moreover, Schreiner was an active commentator on economics, science, religion, race, empire, and war.

Introduction

Olive Schreiner was born in 1855 in South Africa to a German father, who was a missionary and English mother. In the 1880s, Schreiner traveled from her home country to England, where she engaged in key intellectual discussions of the day, regarding gender, economics, science,...

Keywords

Olive Schreiner New Woman Commonwealth literature South Africa 
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English and Modern LanguagesShepherd UniversityShepherdstownUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
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  1. 1.St. Thomas More CollegeUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada