Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing

  • Devaleena Das
  • Sanjukta Dasgupta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Sanjukta Dasgupta, Devaleena Das
    Pages 1-33
  3. Breaking the Silence: Self and Identity

  4. A Space of Her Own

  5. Scripting the Body and Sexuality

  6. From the Margins: Longing and Belonging

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 337-353

About this book


This volume explores the subterfuges, strategies, and choices that Australian women writers have navigated in order to challenge patriarchal stereotypes and assert themselves as writers of substance. Contextualized within the pioneering efforts of white, Aboriginal, and immigrant Australian women in initiating an alternative literary tradition, the text captures a wide range of multiracial Australian women authors’ insightful reflections on crucial issues such as war and silent mourning, emergence of a Australian national heroine, racial purity and Aboriginal motherhood, communism and activism, feminist rivalry, sexual transgressions, autobiography and art of letter writing, city space and female subjectivity, lesbianism, gender implications of spatial categories, placement and displacement, dwelling and travel, location and dislocation and female body politics. Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing tracks Australian women authors’ varied journeys across cultural, political and racial borders in the canter of contemporary political discourse.


Australian literature Australian women's writers national heroine life narrative Aboriginal motherhood

Editors and affiliations

  • Devaleena Das
    • 1
  • Sanjukta Dasgupta
    • 2
  1. 1.Women and Gender Studies DepartmentUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison MadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of EnglishCalcutta University KolkataIndia

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