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

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Lee, Christopher. 1999. "Introduction [to Turning the century: writing of the 1890s]." Lee, Christopher (ed.) Turning the century: writing of the 1890s. St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia. University of Queensland Press. pp. xi-xxviii
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Introduction [to Turning the century: writing of the 1890s]

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
Book TitleTurning the century: writing of the 1890s
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AuthorLee, Christopher
EditorsLee, Christopher
Page Rangexi-xxviii
Number of Pages18
Year1999
PublisherUniversity of Queensland Press
Place of PublicationSt. Lucia, Queensland, Australia
ISBN0702230545
Abstract

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.

KeywordsAustralian identity; Australian politics; nationalism; 1890s; Australian culture; place and identity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470502. Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
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