Settler Romances and the Australian Girl
With incisive and highly original readings of popular late 19th and early 20th-century settler adventure romances and popular ethnography, this book unmasks a deep-seated anxiety about the stability of concepts of whiteness and femininity in colonial Australia. It considers in detail Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career, Catherine Martin's An Australian Girl, the adventure novels An Australian Bush Track by J.D. Hennessey and Rosa Campbell Praed's Fugitive Anne: A Romance of the Unexplored Bush, and the ethnographic works of Katharine Langloh Parker. By taking as a starting point the perceived fictitiousness of white settler subjects, the book suggests that our current knowledge of British colonialism needs to be radically rethought.
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