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John Shaw Neilson : 'something of a mystic'

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Toby Daniel Davidson
Competing post-Federation representations of mysticism as bold or passive, masculine or effeminate, dogmatic or independent, Australian or foreign, drove the shifting critical notions of this era culminating in the generalist designations of John Shaw Neilson (1872–1942) as Australia’s all-purpose mystical poet. Neilson is a mystical poet; yet the basis for this has been subject to a number of distortions from Neilson’s time until the late 1990s. This article examines how an understanding of both Western Christian mysticism and its often erroneous critical applications in Australia might inform new studies of the mystical Neilson.

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Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature

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9

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1 - 15

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Association for the Study of Australian Literature

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Crawley, W.A.

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1447-8986

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1833-6027

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

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C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2009, The Author

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