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En-Gendering the Nation: Gender-bending and Nationalism in Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career and Emily Lawless’ Grania: the Story of an Island

Devlin-Glass, Frances 2011, En-Gendering the Nation: Gender-bending and Nationalism in Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career and Emily Lawless’ Grania: the Story of an Island, in ISAANZ 2011 : Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Irish Studies conference, Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, [Canberra, A.C.T.], pp. 1-9.

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Title En-Gendering the Nation: Gender-bending and Nationalism in Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career and Emily Lawless’ Grania: the Story of an Island
Author(s) Devlin-Glass, Frances
Conference name Australasian Irish Studies. Conference (18th : 2011 : Canberra, A.C.T.)
Conference location Canberra, A.C.T.
Conference dates 1-3 Jul. 2011
Title of proceedings ISAANZ 2011 : Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Irish Studies conference
Publication date 2011
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
Place of publication [Canberra, A.C.T.]
Summary Writing in the lee of first-wave feminism and in an era of nation-invention, the Irish ascendancy novelist, Emily Lawless, and the aggressively Australian Miles Franklin (of Irish, English and German extraction and coming from families who were pastoralists) wrote novels of adolescence, Grania: The Story of an Island (1892) and My Brilliant Career (1901) respectively. Similar and different in many ways, they both write as women, and self-consciously insert themselves into nation-inscribing projects with an eye to overseas readerships, and they play fast and loose with class. Curiously, both contributed to the process of transforming ‘nowhere-places’ into iconic nationalist places: Franklin put the Monaro on the map (a region that was a nationalist icon before the ‘Red Centre’ usurped its place); and Lawless wrote in ethnographic ways about the Aran Islanders more than a decade before Synge tramped westward in search of the ‘Peasant Quality’ so beloved of the Abbey playwrights and audiences. Most compellingly, they write of the near-pathologies of masculinities within nationalist agendas, and of marriage and sexuality. This paper examines the novels comparatively and contrastively and asks uncomfortable questions about why and how their interventions were untimely.
Language eng
Field of Research 200503 British and Irish Literature
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2011, Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046600

Document type: Conference Paper
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