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Identifying with the frontier: federation new woman, nation and empire

Chapter


Abstract


  • As the colonial period advanced, negative aspects of the Australian bush were

    often figured as feminine, represented as harsh, un-nurturing, and barren; as a

    land hostile to man’s desires to conquer or even to just survive. But, by the late

    nineteenth century, the bush was rarely imagined as a place for women (Schaffer,

    Women and the Bush 52-76). Likewise, the emerging new Australian nation was

    increasingly symbolised as female — as Britannia’s daughter or younger cousin,

    for example. At the turn of the twentieth century, however, the role of women in

    the construction of that new nation was rarely acknowledged. Late-nineteenth

    and early-twentieth-century Australia then provided little place for women

    in imaginings of either the bush or the nation, despite the paradoxical reality

    of women’s active involvement in both as, for instance, pastoral workers or as

    voters. More than ever in white Australian history, women were imaginatively

    consigned to the domestic hearth, to British middle-class notions of domestic

    ideology.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2014). Identifying with the frontier: federation new woman, nation and empire. In M. Tonkin, M. Treagus, M. Seys & S. Crozier-De Rosa (Eds.), Changing the Victorian Subject (pp. 37-58). South Australia: University of Adelaide. http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/victorian-subject/

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781922064738

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1465

Book Title


  • Changing the Victorian Subject

Start Page


  • 37

End Page


  • 58

Place Of Publication


  • South Australia

Abstract


  • As the colonial period advanced, negative aspects of the Australian bush were

    often figured as feminine, represented as harsh, un-nurturing, and barren; as a

    land hostile to man’s desires to conquer or even to just survive. But, by the late

    nineteenth century, the bush was rarely imagined as a place for women (Schaffer,

    Women and the Bush 52-76). Likewise, the emerging new Australian nation was

    increasingly symbolised as female — as Britannia’s daughter or younger cousin,

    for example. At the turn of the twentieth century, however, the role of women in

    the construction of that new nation was rarely acknowledged. Late-nineteenth

    and early-twentieth-century Australia then provided little place for women

    in imaginings of either the bush or the nation, despite the paradoxical reality

    of women’s active involvement in both as, for instance, pastoral workers or as

    voters. More than ever in white Australian history, women were imaginatively

    consigned to the domestic hearth, to British middle-class notions of domestic

    ideology.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2014). Identifying with the frontier: federation new woman, nation and empire. In M. Tonkin, M. Treagus, M. Seys & S. Crozier-De Rosa (Eds.), Changing the Victorian Subject (pp. 37-58). South Australia: University of Adelaide. http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/victorian-subject/

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781922064738

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1465

Book Title


  • Changing the Victorian Subject

Start Page


  • 37

End Page


  • 58

Place Of Publication


  • South Australia