The Getting of Wisdom

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2001 - Fiction - 282 pages
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The subject of this book is a young woman- an awkward, insecure, restless and 'knowing' child who learns that self-realisation depends on rebellion and escape, but that the latter will first demand at least the semblance of conformity. In telling lies, Laura learns both the astonishing allure of fiction and the social costs of stepping beyond the bounds of propriety, gender, class, and family ties. The novel is only in part a fictionalised account of Richardson's school years at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne, where (unlike her fictional counterpart) she was not only academically successful but also an outstanding student of music. Unusual for stories of school-life, The Getting of Wisdomwas clearly aimed at a mature readership able to understand irony and a critique of the colonial educational provision of its day, including a determination to preserve sexual ignorance in young women.
 

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I am gobsmacked. The novel begins as an entertaining tale of a headstrong young Australian girl going to meet the world at boarding school. It gradually evolves into a subtle, simple, and stunningly ... Read full review

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Very much enjoyed this story of a bright, imaginative, bossy girl running smack into a society she doesn't understand and continues to fail to understand, hard as she tries to win friends and influence people. Read full review

Contents

General Editors Foreword
vii
List of Abbreviations
xviii
THE GETTING OF WISDOM
lii
Note on the Text
2
Explanatory Notes
232
Table of Variants in TSi and Nietzsche Epigraphs
266
EndofLine Hyphenations
281
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