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Title:
Eight voices of the eighties : stories, journalism, and criticism by Australian women writers
Author:
Whitlock, Gillian, 1953-
Publication Information:
St. Lucia, Qld., Australia : University of Queensland Press ; Portland, Or. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services, 1989.
Physical Description:
xxxvi, 403 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780702222252
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Book

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The Australian literary scene in the past was dominated by white Anglo-Celtic males, but the 1980s saw women writers finally take up the lead, says Whitlock in her wonderful introduction to this compact yet multifaceted collection of writings by some of the country's feminist literary lights. Although unfamiliar to most Americans, writers Kate Grenville, Barbara Hanrahan, Beverley Farmer, Thea Astley, Elizabeth Jolley, Jessica Anderson, Olga Masters, and Helen Garner--all of whose works are well represented here--will become "old favorites" after readers whet their appetites on this rich offering of (mainly) fiction as well as interviews and essays. Unlike anthologies of American feminist fiction, which share a certain uniformity of outlook, each of these Australian writers brings a unique perspective to issues ranging from cultural politics and gender and class to a woman's sense of place both at home and in the larger world. An arresting gallery of inspired prose. Includes pencil sketches of and editor's notes on each author and a select bibliography. --Mary Banas