Australian working class women's writing : a "different manner of apprehension"

Syson, Ian (1989). Australian working class women's writing : a "different manner of apprehension" Honours Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Syson, Ian
Thesis Title Australian working class women's writing : a "different manner of apprehension"
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1989
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Carole Ferrier
Total pages 96
Language eng
Subjects 2005 Literary Studies
Formatted abstract


Working Class Women's Writing : A Point of Intervention.

This dissertation represents an investigation into a relatively untouched area of Australian literary studies that has been critically ignored for a number of literary and/or political reasons. At the intersection of the discursive areas of Australian women's writing and Australian social/ist realism is the body of works which falls under the rubric of working class women's writing. These writings partially represented here by the work of Jean Devannyl Betty Collins, Mena Calthorpe and Dorothy Hewett, are a segment of Australia's literature substantial and important enough to justify and demand its own specialised study Devanny's Sugar Heaven, Collins 'The Copper Crucible, Calthorpe's The Dyehouse and Hewett's Bobbin Up are all representations of working class industrial activity in the face of ruling class oppression and exploitation. An added dimension is that each novel also focuses on gender conflict with in these circumstances. And as such they represent substantially different objects of study from those works that are 'normally' analysed in academic literary practices. ........

Keyword Australian literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Australian fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Socialist realism in literature
Working class in literature
Working class writings, Australian -- History and criticism

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