Introduction [to Turning the century: writing of the 1890s]

Lee, Christopher (1999) Introduction [to Turning the century: writing of the 1890s]. In: Turning the century: writing of the 1890s. University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia, xi-xxviii. ISBN 0-7022-3054-5

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This introduction to a collection of Australian writing from the 1890s surveys the ways in which Australian literature responded to a set of social, cultural, and political problems that were typical of the empire and yet richly inflected by local experience. In the last twenty years our view of this period has been transformed by a new generation of criticism. The fraught relations between the literature associated with the Bulletin, the burgeoning Labour movement, the first wave of feminism and a set of liberal ideas which led to the formation of an imperially loyal and yet reformist bourgeois State have been reinvestigated and new questions asked. This essay considers the writing of the 1890s under the headings: The Legend of the Nineties; The Labour Movement; Feminism; Spirituality; Imperial Frontiers and the Indigene; A Liberal Nation; and The Cultural Heritage.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with permission of publisher. 1 at Fraser Coast Campus.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 12 May 2009 23:45
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian identity; Australian politics; nationalism; 1890s; Australian culture; place and identity
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)

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