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Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand
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Colonial domestic literature has been largely overlooked and is due for a reassessment. This essay collection explores attitudes to colonialism, imperialism and race, as well as important developments in girlhood and the concept of the New Woman.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Victorian Domestic Fiction Down Under - Tamara S Wagner 1 Retracing Domestic Space: English National Identity in Harriet Martineau's Homes Abroad - Lesa Scholl 2 'Hasten to the Land of Promise': The Influence of Emigrant Letters on Dickens's Life and Literature - Diana C Archibald 3 'Ever so Many Partings Welded Together': Serial Settlement and Great Expectations - Jude Piesse 4 'The Heavens Were on Fire': Incendiarism and the Defence of the Settler Home - Grace Moore 5 The 'Australian Girl' and the Domestic Ideal in Colonial Women's Fiction - Michelle J Smith 6 Fugitive Homes: Multiple Migrations in Ethel Turner's Fiction - Tamara S Wagner 7 Devout Domesticity and Extreme Evangelicalism: The Unsettled Australian Domestic of Maud Jean Franc - Susan K Martin 8 'That's What Children Are - Nought but Leg-Ropes': Motherhood in Rosa Praed's Mrs Tregaskiss - Melissa Purdue 9 The Antipodal House Beautiful: Louisa Alice Baker's Colonial Aesthetic - Kirby-Jane Hallum 10 Antipodal Home Economics: International Debt and Settler Domesticity in Clara Cheeseman's A Rolling Stone (1886) - Philip Steer 11 'What is in the Blood will Come Out': Belonging, Expulsion and the New Zealand Settler Home - Kirstine Moffat

About the Author

Tamara S Wagner obtained her PhD from Cambridge University and is Associate Professor at Nan-yang Technological University, Singapore. Her books include Longing: Narratives of Nostalgia in the British Novel, 1740-1890 (2004), Occidentalism in Novels of Malaysia and Singapore, 1819-2004 (2005), and Financial Speculation in Victorian Fiction: Plotting Money and the Novel Genre, 1815-1901 (2010).

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'This welcome new collection of eleven essays aims to fill a gap in the scholarship on both domestic fiction and Australasian literature of the Victorian period.' Victorian Periodicals Review

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