Feminine transports and transformations : textual performances of Australian women convicts and emigrants from 1788 to 1850
Vickery, Ann 2007, Feminine transports and transformations : textual performances of Australian women convicts and emigrants from 1788 to 1850, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature : JASAL, vol. 7, pp. 71-84.
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While scholars have critiqued early representations of the white colonial female in the form of the novel, short story, or historical narrative, analyses of poetry tend to be located only on that produced in Australia and often in light of a nascent national identity. This article examines how poetic renditions of the desolate woman might be viewed as part of imperialism's mythologising process, displacing more worrying versions of womanhood in relation to the new colonies. While social anxieties over the identity of the white colonial female would result in highly controlled productions of the female convict and female emigrant, this article demonstrates how they also prove unstable and point to a disruptive reality beyond language.
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199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
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