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The author explores Catherine Martin's adaptation of the epic tradition to probe Australian national ideals and to include women. He discusses the effects of the 1891 textual omissions from An Australian Girl.
'The paper argues that the postcolonial settler/invader autobiography is a textual negotiation of-and-on an ambivalent site of utterance, with reference to A. B. Facey's A Fortunate Life and Merv Lilley's Gatton Man.' (Author's abstract)
Dyson argues that the boarding school in The Getting of Wisdom is a site where the ideology of imperialism and patriarchy are dispensed, producing new children of the empire. Laura's resistance to this highlights the colonial discourse in the novel and suggests that Richardson wrote a radical critique of the culture within the walls of the school and the colonial world outside.
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