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Colonial feminism and Australian literary culture in Ethel and Lilian Turner's the Parthenon (1889–92)

Smith, Michelle J. 2014, Colonial feminism and Australian literary culture in Ethel and Lilian Turner's the Parthenon (1889–92), Women's writing, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 185-201, doi: 10.1080/09699082.2014.906709.

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Title Colonial feminism and Australian literary culture in Ethel and Lilian Turner's the Parthenon (1889–92)
Author(s) Smith, Michelle J.
Journal name Women's writing
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Start page 185
End page 201
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0969-9082
Keyword(s) Australian literature
magazines
feminism
The Dawn
The Parthenon
Summary The Parthenon is a unique example of a colonial Australian magazine published for girl readers by two aspirant writers, Ethel and Lilian Turner. In addition to its domestic content, typical of women's magazines, it also sought to contribute to nascent Australian literary culture. This article locates the Parthenon within the history of colonial women's publishing and literary culture, and situates its content within the context of the Woman Movement of the period. It reads the Parthenon's telling picture of young women's perceptions of colonial literary culture and of the need to balance literary aspirations with domestic responsibilities through the lens of the “expediency feminism” advocated by the Dawn, a women's magazine published by Louisa Lawson from 1888. The article argues that the Parthenon's superficially conservative opinion of women's supreme calling being in the home rather than the newspaper office or university library was in alignment with the arguments made by the Woman Movement to advocate for women's greater participation in the public sphere. The comparison of these contemporaneous monthly publications written and produced by women enables an understanding of the ways in which late nineteenth-century attempts to encourage women's careers and independence were grounded in domesticity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09699082.2014.906709
Field of Research 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID ARC DP110101082
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064114

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention
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