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Too far everywhere : the romantic heroine in nineteenth-century Australia /
Fiona Giles.
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St. Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press ; Portland, Or. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services, 1998.
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236 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0702228699
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St. Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press ; Portland, Or. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services, 1998.
isbn
0702228699
catalogue key
2943191
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-232) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-04:
Fiction written by women in 19th-century Australia was popular in its own time but ignored by scholars until recently. For almost 100 years, from roughly 1890 to 1990, the Australian tradition was regarded as almost exclusively masculine. Because of strong interest in women's literature generally, during the last 15 years this body of Australian women's literature has become available in reprints. Giles looks at novels by six 19th-century women: Catherine Spence, Caroline Leakey, Ada Cambridge, Catherine Martin, Tasma, and Rosa Praed. Giles's title (a quotation from the contemporary Australian writer Ania Walwicz) draws attention to the enormous size of Australia and the inchoate 19th-century culture in which migrant women sought self-definition. Each novel is concerned with the existence, identity, and future of the heroine. But Giles's most significant contribution to her subject is her first chapter, no doubt the last written, which constitutes one of the most interesting and insightful surveys of the genre. Very nearly free of the jargon that buries so many critical studies of women's literature, this volume is highly recommended for all undergraduate, graduate, research, and faculty collections. J. B. Beston; formerly, Nazareth College of Rochester
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Choice, April 1999
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The deliberate exclusion of women's romances resulted in the development of an Australian culture based on a masculine bush ethos. In recovering previously neglected women's texts, Giles argues for a more inclusive and heterogeneous view.

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