Writing to Heal—The Emergence of Foster Care in Literature

  • Nell MusgroveEmail author
  • Deidre Michell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)


In this chapter, Musgrove and Michell identify the paucity of Australian literature taking up stories of foster care. The chapter relates this partial silence to fashions in publishing, but also points to a failure on the part of Australian audiences to embrace the few examples of foster-child heroines in Australian works, even those whose appeal appears very similar to hugely popular figures such as Anne of Green Gables. This matters, they argue, because rethinking representations of foster care in popular literature could play a role in challenging the stigma so often associated with being in out of home care. The capacity of recent autobiographical and testimonial trends to change public perception is examined to conclude the chapter.


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  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityFitzroyAustralia
  2. 2.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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