y The Chosen Vessel single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1896 1896
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  • The original, possibly censored, version of this story which appeared in the Bulletin in 1896 as 'The Tramp' was revised and republished as 'The Chosen Vessel' in Bush Studies. An edition, also with the title, The Chosen Vessel, was privately printed. The original version has been reprinted in numerous anthologies and was broadcast on ABC radio in 2002.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: The Tramp
Alternative title: Erwählt
    • s.l.,: s.n. , 1900 .
      Printed by F. Cunninghame
      Extent: 15p.
      Note/s:
      • 'For private circulation only' (p.15).
  • Appears in:
    y Bush Studies Barbara Baynton , London : Duckworth , 1902 Z820571 1902 selected work short story (taught in 12 units)

    'Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism—for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.

    'Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Barbara Baynton’s short-story collection presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it.' (Publication summary : Text Classics)

    London : Duckworth , 1902
    pg. 142-155
  • Appears in:
    y Cobbers Barbara Baynton , London : Duckworth , 1917 Z820761 1917 selected work short story London : Duckworth , 1917 pg. 201-209
  • Appears in:
    y Bush Studies Barbara Baynton , London : Duckworth , 1902 Z820571 1902 selected work short story (taught in 12 units)

    'Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism—for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.

    'Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Barbara Baynton’s short-story collection presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it.' (Publication summary : Text Classics)

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1965
    pg. 132-140
  • Appears in:
    y Short Stories of Australia : The Lawson Tradition Douglas Stewart (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1967 Z384834 1967 anthology short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1967 pg. 75-81
  • Appears in:
    y Best Australian Short Stories Douglas Stewart (editor), Beatrice Davis (editor), Melbourne : Lloyd O'Neil , 1971 Z380931 1971 anthology short story Melbourne : Lloyd O'Neil , 1971 pg. 63-69
  • Appears in:
    y Barbara Baynton Barbara Baynton , Sally Krimmer (editor), Alan Lawson (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1980 Z181654 1980 selected work novel poetry short story criticism correspondence biography St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1980 pg. 81-88
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Short Stories Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Melbourne : J. M. Dent , 1983 Z411278 1983 anthology short story extract Melbourne : J. M. Dent , 1983 pg. 22-28
  • Appears in:
    y Eclipsed : Two Centuries of Australian Women's Fiction C. J. Burns (editor), Marygai McNamara (editor), Sydney : Collins , 1988 Z446860 1988 anthology short story humour satire Sydney : Collins , 1988 pg. 125-131
  • Appears in:
    y Dead Witness : Best Australian Mystery Stories Stephen Knight (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1989 Z100512 1989 anthology short story crime mystery Ringwood : Penguin , 1989 pg. 125-132
  • Appears in:
    y The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature Ken L. Goodwin (editor), Alan Lawson (editor), South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990 Z535337 1990 anthology criticism correspondence extract poetry drama biography short story prose humour satire travel South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990 pg. 477-481
  • Appears in:
    y The Australian Short Story : An Anthology from the 1890s to the 1980s Laurie Hergenhan (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1986 Z380969 1986 anthology short story (taught in 13 units) St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1992 pg. 30-36
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of 19th Century Australian Literature Michael Ackland (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 Z203182 1993 anthology short story poetry extract prose criticism biography humour satire crime Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 pg. 348-353
  • Appears in:
    y The Arnold Anthology of Post-Colonial Literatures in English John Thieme (editor), London : Arnold , 1996 Z818232 1996 selected work extract poetry short story London : Arnold , 1996 pg. 173-178
  • Appears in:
    y Bush Studies Barbara Baynton , London : Duckworth , 1902 Z820571 1902 selected work short story (taught in 12 units)

    'Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism—for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.

    'Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Barbara Baynton’s short-story collection presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it.' (Publication summary : Text Classics)

    Sydney : University of Sydney Library, Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service , 1997
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Women's Stories : An Oxford Anthology Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1999 Z198049 1999 anthology short story extract South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1999 pg. 53-60
  • Appears in:
    y Australia Literature : Themes & Selected Readings Aodaliya wen xue zhu ti xuan du Yong Su , Beijing : Beijing da xue chu ban she , 2004 Z1232825 2004 anthology criticism Beijing : Beijing da xue chu ban she , 2004 pg. 25-34
  • Appears in:
    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 235-240
  • Appears in:
    y Macabre : A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears Angela Challis (editor), Marty Young (editor), Western Australia : Brimstone Press , 2010 Z1710906 2010 anthology short story horror 'Explore Australia's dark literature past, present, and future all in one landmark anthology! From the very earliest colonial ghost stories through to grim tales of modern life, Macabre will take you on a journey through the dark heart of Australian horror. With classic stories from Australia's masters of horror alongside the best of the new era, Macabre is set to be the finest dark fiction anthology ever produced in Australia.' (Source: Publisher's website http://www.brimstonepress.com.au/) Western Australia : Brimstone Press , 2010 pg. 105-112

Works about this Work

y The Bush Legend Roger Osborne , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2011 5972495 2011 single work criticism 'Since the nineteenth century, the legend of 'The Bush' has provided a powerful set of ideas, values and associations that continue to influence the way Australians think and talk about each other. The legend was promoted by a number of writers, historians and critics known as the radical nationalists. This group included Vance Palmer, Brian Fitzpatrick, Russel Ward and A. A. Phillips.These writers argue that bush life is central to the attitudes, values and traditions that many people regard as 'Australian' and that these qualities derive from the experience of nomadic bush workers such as shearers, swagmen and drovers. The images, ideas and arguments that you encounter in this Trail will help you to better understand the origins of this legend and the reasons why the legend continues to be a powerful force in the way Australians construct their identity. But in the selection of texts and audio-visual resources you will also encounter challenges to a dominant white male perpspective. The legend of the Bush is a complex idea that deserves close attention.'
(Source: Compiler's abstract)
Reading Rape in Colonial Australia : Barbara Baynton's 'The Tramp', the Bulletin and Cultural Criticism Nina Philadelphoff-Puren , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2010;
'This article proposes a re-reading of Barbara Baynton's short-story "The Tramp", published in the Bulletin in December 1896, and later reprinted as "The Chosen Vessel" in Bush Studies 1902. Literary criticism of this tale has tended to focus on its existence in this later version; in revisiting the 1896 publication of the story, this article reframes it in the context of the colonial debates about rape that marked the 1880s and 1890s. Of the numerous events that form potential intertexts here, this paper will focus on the relationship between 'The Tramp' and the Mount Rennie rape case of 1886-7. This case was the subject of countless editorials, reports and letters in the colonial press, as well as catalysing petitions, public meetings and parliamentary debates. The Bulletin in particular was preoccupied with Mount Rennie, regularly editorialising on it until the end of 1896, when those defendants who had not been executed were finally released. This paper argues that by reading Baynton's story as materially embedded in this rich colonial dialogue about rape, new fronts are opened up for feminist analysis. In particular, it is possible to evaluate the way that 'The Tramp' intersects in both radical and conservative ways with the colonial narrative of 'real rape' which structured debates at the time. (Author's abstract)
The Outback Pablo Armellino , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ob-Scene Spaces in Australian Narrative : An Account of the Socio-Topographic Construction of Space in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 57-188)
Structure against Place, Fate and Cruelty : Deplorable State of Bush Women from the Works of Barbara Baynton P. Bhubaneswari , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Women's Writing in English : India and Australia 2008; (p. 149-156)
Barbara Baynton Nina Philadelphoff-Puren , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fifty Books for Fifty Years : Celebrating Half a Century of Collecting 2008; (p. 12-13)
'The Chosen Vessel' : Barbara Baynton (1857-1929) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 40-44)
The Shifting City and the Shifting Bush : From Paranoia to Celebration John Kinsella , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 169 2002; (p. 23-34) Contrary Rhetoric : Lectures on Landscape and Language 2008; (p. 30-62)
Discusses literary representations of the City and the Bush, particularly in Dorothy Hewett's poetry.
Realism and Regionalism in Short Stories by Mary Lavin and Barbara Baynton Fionnuala Dillane , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Irish-Australian Studies : Papers Delivered at the Ninth Irish-Australian Conference, Galway, April 1997 2000; (p. 45-56)
The Reader Investigates : Images of Crime in the Colonial City Christa Ludlow , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : The Australian Journal of Media & Culture , vol. 7 no. 2 1994;
What Kind of Truth? : Fiction from the 1890s David Kerr , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature Today 1993; (p. 40-51)
The Case of the Stolen Jumbuck Stephen Knight , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 24-35, 238-241)
Barbara Baynton: An Australian Jocasta Joan Kirkby , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 34 no. 4 1989; (p. 114-124)
Inside the Deserted Hut : The Representation of Motherhood in Bush Mythology Sue Rowley , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 34 no. 4 1989; (p. 76-95)
Rowley argues that the idea of motherhood expressed in the texts of bush mythology is ambivalent and unresolved. The presentation of domestic space has a pronounced influence on the idea of motherhood constructed in the stories under discussion. But, the representation of motherhood in bush mythology has been excluded "from the myths by which Australians have sought to construct an identity".
Extracts from The Teeth Father Naked at Last : The Short Stories of Barbara Baynton Thea Astley , 1989 extract criticism (The Teeth Father Naked at Last : The Short Stories of Barbara Baynton)
— Appears in: Eight Voices of the Eighties : Stories, Journalism and Criticism by Australian Women Writers 1989; (p. 180-186)
Barbara Baynton : A Dissident Voice from the Bush Kay Schaffer , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Women and the Bush : Forces of Desire in the Australian Cultural Tradition 1988; (p. 148-170)
From Federation into the 1930s Joseph Jones , Johanna Jones , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Fiction 1983; (p. 25-43)
Barbara Baynton : Woman as 'The Chosen Vessel' Kay Schaffer , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 11 no. 1 1983; (p. 25-37)
Examines Baynton's story 'The Chosen Vessel' and its critical reception by Phillips and others with regard to the relationship between narrative and gender. 'Focusing on the place of woman as a sign in the short story and critical commentaries, keeping in mind the question of women's dissidence', the author traces 'the ambiguities of meaning within the original text and its more singular "truth" as represented by the critical tradition' (25).
Barbara Baynton : Woman as 'The Chosen Vessel' Kay Schaffer , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 11 no. 1 1983; (p. 25-37)
Examines Baynton's story 'The Chosen Vessel' and its critical reception by Phillips and others with regard to the relationship between narrative and gender. 'Focusing on the place of woman as a sign in the short story and critical commentaries, keeping in mind the question of women's dissidence', the author traces 'the ambiguities of meaning within the original text and its more singular "truth" as represented by the critical tradition' (25).
The Teeth Father Naked at Last : The Short Stories of Barbara Baynton Thea Astley , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Three Australian Writers : Essays On Bruce Dawe, Barbara Baynton and Patrick White 1979; (p. 12-22)
A Note On barbara Baynton Peter Cowan , 1949 single work review
— Appears in: Arts Quarterly , Summer 1949; (p. 8-13)

— Review of The Chosen Vessel Barbara Baynton 1896 single work short story ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story ; Squeaker's Mate Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Scrammy 'And Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Billy Skywonkie Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Bush Church Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; The Chosen Vessel Barbara Baynton 1896 single work short story ; Human Toll Barbara Baynton 1907 single work novel
Discusses Barbara Baynton's 'bare objectivity' and 'treatment of subject matter' which, in Peter Cowan's view, 'tends to exclude the writer's personality'.
A Note On barbara Baynton Peter Cowan , 1949 single work review
— Appears in: Arts Quarterly , Summer 1949; (p. 8-13)

— Review of The Chosen Vessel Barbara Baynton 1896 single work short story ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story ; Squeaker's Mate Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Scrammy 'And Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Billy Skywonkie Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Bush Church Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; The Chosen Vessel Barbara Baynton 1896 single work short story ; Human Toll Barbara Baynton 1907 single work novel
Discusses Barbara Baynton's 'bare objectivity' and 'treatment of subject matter' which, in Peter Cowan's view, 'tends to exclude the writer's personality'.
A Note On barbara Baynton Peter Cowan , 1949 single work review
— Appears in: Arts Quarterly , Summer 1949; (p. 8-13)

— Review of The Chosen Vessel Barbara Baynton 1896 single work short story ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story ; Squeaker's Mate Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Scrammy 'And Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Billy Skywonkie Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; Bush Church Barbara Baynton 1902 single work short story ; The Chosen Vessel Barbara Baynton 1896 single work short story ; Human Toll Barbara Baynton 1907 single work novel
Discusses Barbara Baynton's 'bare objectivity' and 'treatment of subject matter' which, in Peter Cowan's view, 'tends to exclude the writer's personality'.
'The Chosen Vessel' : Barbara Baynton (1857-1929) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 40-44)
Barbara Baynton : A Dissident Voice from the Bush Kay Schaffer , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Women and the Bush : Forces of Desire in the Australian Cultural Tradition 1988; (p. 148-170)
Structure against Place, Fate and Cruelty : Deplorable State of Bush Women from the Works of Barbara Baynton P. Bhubaneswari , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Women's Writing in English : India and Australia 2008; (p. 149-156)
The Outback Pablo Armellino , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ob-Scene Spaces in Australian Narrative : An Account of the Socio-Topographic Construction of Space in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 57-188)
Barbara Baynton Nina Philadelphoff-Puren , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fifty Books for Fifty Years : Celebrating Half a Century of Collecting 2008; (p. 12-13)
Reading Rape in Colonial Australia : Barbara Baynton's 'The Tramp', the Bulletin and Cultural Criticism Nina Philadelphoff-Puren , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2010;
'This article proposes a re-reading of Barbara Baynton's short-story "The Tramp", published in the Bulletin in December 1896, and later reprinted as "The Chosen Vessel" in Bush Studies 1902. Literary criticism of this tale has tended to focus on its existence in this later version; in revisiting the 1896 publication of the story, this article reframes it in the context of the colonial debates about rape that marked the 1880s and 1890s. Of the numerous events that form potential intertexts here, this paper will focus on the relationship between 'The Tramp' and the Mount Rennie rape case of 1886-7. This case was the subject of countless editorials, reports and letters in the colonial press, as well as catalysing petitions, public meetings and parliamentary debates. The Bulletin in particular was preoccupied with Mount Rennie, regularly editorialising on it until the end of 1896, when those defendants who had not been executed were finally released. This paper argues that by reading Baynton's story as materially embedded in this rich colonial dialogue about rape, new fronts are opened up for feminist analysis. In particular, it is possible to evaluate the way that 'The Tramp' intersects in both radical and conservative ways with the colonial narrative of 'real rape' which structured debates at the time. (Author's abstract)
The Reader Investigates : Images of Crime in the Colonial City Christa Ludlow , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : The Australian Journal of Media & Culture , vol. 7 no. 2 1994;
y The Bush Legend Roger Osborne , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2011 5972495 2011 single work criticism 'Since the nineteenth century, the legend of 'The Bush' has provided a powerful set of ideas, values and associations that continue to influence the way Australians think and talk about each other. The legend was promoted by a number of writers, historians and critics known as the radical nationalists. This group included Vance Palmer, Brian Fitzpatrick, Russel Ward and A. A. Phillips.These writers argue that bush life is central to the attitudes, values and traditions that many people regard as 'Australian' and that these qualities derive from the experience of nomadic bush workers such as shearers, swagmen and drovers. The images, ideas and arguments that you encounter in this Trail will help you to better understand the origins of this legend and the reasons why the legend continues to be a powerful force in the way Australians construct their identity. But in the selection of texts and audio-visual resources you will also encounter challenges to a dominant white male perpspective. The legend of the Bush is a complex idea that deserves close attention.'
(Source: Compiler's abstract)
The Case of the Stolen Jumbuck Stephen Knight , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 24-35, 238-241)
From Federation into the 1930s Joseph Jones , Johanna Jones , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Fiction 1983; (p. 25-43)
Barbara Baynton: An Australian Jocasta Joan Kirkby , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 34 no. 4 1989; (p. 114-124)
Inside the Deserted Hut : The Representation of Motherhood in Bush Mythology Sue Rowley , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 34 no. 4 1989; (p. 76-95)
Rowley argues that the idea of motherhood expressed in the texts of bush mythology is ambivalent and unresolved. The presentation of domestic space has a pronounced influence on the idea of motherhood constructed in the stories under discussion. But, the representation of motherhood in bush mythology has been excluded "from the myths by which Australians have sought to construct an identity".
The Teeth Father Naked at Last : The Short Stories of Barbara Baynton Thea Astley , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Three Australian Writers : Essays On Bruce Dawe, Barbara Baynton and Patrick White 1979; (p. 12-22)
Extracts from The Teeth Father Naked at Last : The Short Stories of Barbara Baynton Thea Astley , 1989 extract criticism (The Teeth Father Naked at Last : The Short Stories of Barbara Baynton)
— Appears in: Eight Voices of the Eighties : Stories, Journalism and Criticism by Australian Women Writers 1989; (p. 180-186)
Barbara Baynton : Woman as 'The Chosen Vessel' Kay Schaffer , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 11 no. 1 1983; (p. 25-37)
Examines Baynton's story 'The Chosen Vessel' and its critical reception by Phillips and others with regard to the relationship between narrative and gender. 'Focusing on the place of woman as a sign in the short story and critical commentaries, keeping in mind the question of women's dissidence', the author traces 'the ambiguities of meaning within the original text and its more singular "truth" as represented by the critical tradition' (25).
Barbara Baynton : Woman as 'The Chosen Vessel' Kay Schaffer , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 11 no. 1 1983; (p. 25-37)
Examines Baynton's story 'The Chosen Vessel' and its critical reception by Phillips and others with regard to the relationship between narrative and gender. 'Focusing on the place of woman as a sign in the short story and critical commentaries, keeping in mind the question of women's dissidence', the author traces 'the ambiguities of meaning within the original text and its more singular "truth" as represented by the critical tradition' (25).
What Kind of Truth? : Fiction from the 1890s David Kerr , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature Today 1993; (p. 40-51)
Realism and Regionalism in Short Stories by Mary Lavin and Barbara Baynton Fionnuala Dillane , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Irish-Australian Studies : Papers Delivered at the Ninth Irish-Australian Conference, Galway, April 1997 2000; (p. 45-56)
The Shifting City and the Shifting Bush : From Paranoia to Celebration John Kinsella , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 169 2002; (p. 23-34) Contrary Rhetoric : Lectures on Landscape and Language 2008; (p. 30-62)
Discusses literary representations of the City and the Bush, particularly in Dorothy Hewett's poetry.
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