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Huts in the wilderness: pioneering in school readers


McGennisken, J, Huts in the wilderness: pioneering in school readers, Journal of Australian Studies, 34, (1) pp. 35-47 . ISSN 1444-3058 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/14443050903522044


The propagation of a national imaginary is a central concern of early twentieth-century School Readers. Produced by various state education departments from around Australia, these reading books draw on the literary and visual effects of a maturing Australian imagination, instituting a particular narrative of the nation's history and development. This story, what I am calling a metanarrative of national growth, encompasses heroic portraits and finely drawn landscapes. In the telling, it reiterates that which, for the colonial or settler subject, is a profoundly reassuring and powerful quest narrative. This article examines significant textual and visual instances of how portrayals of an Australian pioneering spirit play out as part of School Reader fantasies of national growth.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:McGennisken, J (Dr Jane McGennisken)
ID Code:70462
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-06-22
Last Modified:2011-06-22

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