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Fatalism and feminism in the fiction of Kate Grenville


Haynes, RD, Fatalism and feminism in the fiction of Kate Grenville, World Literature Written in English, 31, (1) pp. 60-79. ISSN 0093-1705 (1991) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1991 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/17449859108589148


Kate Grenville's major fictional works to date represent an extraordinary diversity in tone and form, ranging from the vitriolic short stories of Bearded Ladies, through the neo-Gothic Dreamhouse, the pseudo-autobiographical Lilian's Story to the bicentennial rrietafiction, Joan Makes History. All have a vitality and immediacy that make them among the most accessible of contemporary Australian novels because Grenville writes to explore sociopsychological issues pertinent not only to marginalized groups in her society but to the very structure of that society. Thus the process by which a clever and attractive young woman becomes an obese, eccentric street person of doubtful sanity, foisting herself on public transport passengers, becomes an occasion for difficult questions about the extent to which an allegedly democratic society tolerates the individual. The question of why history should be so exclusively "his story" a record of men's achievements and men's concerns becomes not merely an affirmation that women have mattered but an assault on the very methodology and philosophy of the discipline.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:society, Kate Grenville, fiction
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Comparative and transnational literature
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Haynes, RD (Dr Roslynn Haynes)
ID Code:121722
Year Published:1991
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-10-12
Last Modified:2017-11-13

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