y The Pea Pickers single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1942 1942
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'In The Pea Pickers, a novel based on Eve Langley's own experiences, Steve and Blue are two girls who, dressed as men, are taken on as itinerant workers for the farmers of Gippsland. They pack apples and pick peas. But their disguise is partial - and their quest is for love. For Blue the novel ends in marriage; but not for Steve. For her, desire is never straightforward, and love - for men, for women, for country - leaves her confused, but independent. ' (Publication summary)

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Alternative title: Not Yet the Moon

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“Manufactured By The Sun” : Eve Langley’s The Pea-Pickers on The Move Nicholas Birns , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ilha Do Desterro : A Journal of English Language , vol. 69 no. 2 2016;
'Eve Langley’s The Pea-Pickers is often seem as a quaint artifact of a now-vanished Australia. This paper seeks to rescue the contemporary relevance of this novel of two young women who go into the rural areas of Gippsland to pick peas, showing its pioneering attention to transgender concerns, the polyphonic panoply of its style and soundscape,. and its portrayal of a settler culture not anchored in a perilous identity but dynamically on the move. As so often in settler colony literature, though, rigidities on the issue of race—particularly the portrayal of the Muslim migrant Akbarah Khan—mar the canvas, and make Langley’s novel as emblematic of the constitutive problems of Australian literary history as of its artistic achievements. Just as Langley’s gender variance and personal nonconformity made her an outlier in the Austrlaia and New Zealand she lived in, so is her contribution to Australian literature an unfinished project. ' (Publication abstract)
The Pea-Pickers : An Introduction Lucy Treep , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 60 no. 2 2015; (p. 106-113)
Invisible, Unacknowledged, but Ubiquitous : Nan McDonald Joins Angus & Robertson Louise Poland , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 77-83)
Outsider Architecture : The Literary Constructions of Eve Langley 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;

'Outsider architecture references a continuum of unofficial constructions, from the tenuous envelope of found materials that a homeless person folds about themselves nightly, to the compellingly precarious sculptural artefact, painstakingly but illegally built, in a front garden or on public land. One way that the homeless deal with their vulnerability to harsh weather, psychological disturbance and lack of privacy is the construction of ad hoc shelters from found objects and recycled rubbish. These shelters represent one form of outsider architecture. Roger Cardinal notes that another form is the idiosyncratic construction of sculptural assemblages, also, typically from recycled materials, to form architectural structures, modified dwellings, landscaped areas, collections, monuments and shrines that seem to pop up in most cities, or anywhere there are people (169). All over the world, homeless people seek to provide at least temporary shelter for themselves, and at the same time, a certain number of people, sometimes the same people, engage in personal projects of construction in which the expression of individuality is as, if not more, important than physical containment or shelter.

'This article will consider the work of one author, Eve Langley, as a form of outsider architecture and will suggest that the physical entity formed by Langley’s novels, as a manifestation of outsider architecture, provided their author with the hope of psychic shelter when she wrote them. Langley wrote at a time in which it was difficult for a woman to succeed as an artist, or to support herself financially. As well, she experienced a dysfunctional marriage and suffered from uncertain health. Despite these difficult conditions, she wrote compulsively, sending manuscripts, one after another to her publishers, long after they had stopped publishing her work.

'Yet, the large body of unpublished manuscripts in the Mitchell speaks of more than the mental ill health that is frequently associated with Langley. Consideration of the debates active within the literary community of New Zealand at the time Langley was writing, and the nature and content of, in particular, her novelistic oeuvre, suggests that Langley may have been writing at least partly in response to local literary voices. Despite her peripatetic lifestyle and solipsistic tendencies, Langley was part of the community of writers living in New Zealand in the mid-twentieth century. Her writing was supported and criticised by it, and undoubtedly shaped by it. This article will consider the part this community played in Langley’s writing, the dual aspects of vulnerability and strength, feelings of alienation and centrality, exhibited in Langley’s authorial choices. By examining Langley’s body of work through the lens of outsider architecture, Langley’s prolific literary output in the face of a largely negative reception may be seen, not so much as the sign of a loss of control, but as a strategic, if eccentric, construction of an authorial presence.' (Author's abstract)

Peas and Disquiet Russell Wenholz , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 26 February 2012; (p. 26)
'Gold Leaf and Tinsel' : Theatricality and Performativity in Eve Langley's 'Bancroft House' Lucy Treep , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 184-197)
'In the opening pages of Eve Langley's best-loved work, The Pea-Pickers (1942), Eve and her sister June adopt male names, showy masculine attire, and "[u]nder the dark interest of the travellers around [them]" board the train for Gippsland (11). The theatricality and performativity of "Steve's" actions in these pages is maintained at a high pitch throughout the novel and, in fact, throughout Langley's novelistic oeuvre. Steve (and Eve in the later novels set in New Zealand) is a highly theatrical character, and as such, her representations often suggest those acts and practices most typical of theatricality: "role-playing, illusion, false appearance, masquerade, facade, and impersonation" (Davis and Postlewait 4). The contradictory manifestations of excess and emptiness are frequently associated with the theatrical; theatricality is often defined as an excess of expressive means (that may need containment), but it is also commonly viewed in terms of an artificiality that invokes that which may not exist, or may not be true (Davis and Postlewait 4). In her well-known formulation of performativity, Judith Butler argues that repetition of a discourse actually produces the phenomena that it seeks to control (xii). In Langley's novels, the performativity of her narrator is expressed not just in speech acts but also in what Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick calls the "minimal, in fact non verbal, performative utterance" (xvii). (Author's abstract)
Archive of Desire : The Souvenir in Eve Langley's Australian Novels Lucy Treep , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-10)
'In the six novels that Langley sets in Australia, that is, the two published ones and her first four unpublished manuscripts, Langley's narrator Steve travels widely through the countryside of Victoria, as an itinerant field hand and self-styled rover. She regularly returns to her mother's house and on these visits home she invariably brings with her evidence of her adventures. In this essay I explore the nature and employment of these souvenirs. The souvenirs archive Steve's day-to-day life away from her mother's house, but in doing so, as distancing devices, they assert a reconfiguration of the social space of that house. This, then, raises questions regarding the social landscape both within and beyond the house.' (Author's abstract)
Rearranging the Dead Cat Bruce Pascoe , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011; (p. 14-23)
Reconfiguring 'Asian Australian' Writing : Australia, India and Inez Baranay Paul Sharrad , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 70 no. 3 2010; (p. 11-29)
The Centaur and the Cyborg : Abject Becoming on the Colonial Frontier Elizabeth McMahon , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 67 no. 1-2 2007; (p. 211-225)
The Pea-Pickers : Eve Langley (1904-1974) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 154-158)
y The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley Joan Maxwell , Pymble : HarperCollins , 2001 Z1612087 2001 single work criticism
Untitled Cath Ellis , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , no. 2 2001; Journal of Australian Studies , no. 69 2001; (p. 148-150)

— Review of The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel ; Ride on Stranger Kylie Tennant 1943 single work novel
'Classic' Reissues Elizabeth Webby , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 232 2001; (p. 44-45)

— Review of Henry Lawson : Selected Stories Henry Lawson 2001 selected work short story ; Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson 1965 single work novel ; The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel ; Ride on Stranger Kylie Tennant 1943 single work novel ; Come in Spinner Florence James Dymphna Cusack 1951 single work novel ; My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Thomas Keneally 1972 single work novel ; Clean Straw for Nothing [and] A Cartload of Clay George Johnston 1989 selected work novel
y Wilde Eve : Eve Langley's story Eve Langley , Lucy Frost (editor), Milsons Point : Random House , 1999 Z135377 1999 selected work autobiography novel
Who Speaks for the Past? Lucy Frost , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Siglo , Autumn-Winter no. 11 1999; (p. 3-6)
Alternative Eves Aorewa McLeod , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 25 no. 2 1999; (p. 164-179)
Australia Crossed-Over : Images of Cross-Dressing in Australian Art Elizabeth McMahon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Art And Australia , vol. 34 no. 3 1997; (p. 372-379)
McMahon discusses the way in which 'from the early colonial period, transvestism has been deployed as a central motif or conceit in Australian visual art, photography and film, as well as in ballads, literary narratives and drama (p.374).
Oscar Wilde in Eve Langley's White Topee: The Transvestic Origins of the Australian Self Made Man Elizabeth McMahon , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , Spring vol. 56 no. 3 1996; (p. 102-114)
Assimilation, Unspeakable Traces and the Ontologies of Nation Joseph Pugliese , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meridian , October vol. 14 no. 2 1995; (p. 229-254)
A Tract of Life C. J. Burns , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 115 1989; (p. 5-6)

— Review of Nettie Palmer : Her Private Journal Fourteen Years, Poems, Reviews and Literary Essays Nettie Palmer 1988 selected work poetry prose criticism review autobiography biography ; The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel ; White Topee Eve Langley 1954 single work novel ; But Not for Love : Stories of Marjorie Barnard and M. Barnard Eldershaw M. Barnard Eldershaw Marjorie Barnard 1988 selected work short story
The Backward Glance Brian Elliott , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May vol. 5 no. 7 1966; (p. 134-135)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel ; The Long Prospect Elizabeth Harrower 1958 single work novel ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Worthwhile Sortie into Literary Past Mark Thomas , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 November 1991; (p. 21)

— Review of Landtakers : The Story of an Epoch Brian Penton 1934 single work novel ; The Salzburg Tales Christina Stead 1934 selected work short story ; The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel ; The Watch Tower Elizabeth Harrower 1966 single work novel ; Disturbing Element Xavier Herbert 1963 single work autobiography
Letter to Shakspeare Douglas Stewart , 1942 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 6 May vol. 63 no. 3247 1942; (p. 3)

— Review of The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel
The Pea Pickers Norman Lindsay , 1942 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 3 June vol. 63 no. 3251 1942; (p. 2)

— Review of The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel
The Pea Pickers Douglas Stewart , 1958 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 August vol. 79 no. 4098 1958; (p. 2,58)

— Review of The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel
Untitled Ruth Lesley , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 May 1966; (p. 13)

— Review of The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel
Untitled Mark Macleod , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 February 1976; (p. 15)

— Review of The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel
Untitled Cath Ellis , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , no. 2 2001; Journal of Australian Studies , no. 69 2001; (p. 148-150)

— Review of The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel ; Ride on Stranger Kylie Tennant 1943 single work novel
'Classic' Reissues Elizabeth Webby , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 232 2001; (p. 44-45)

— Review of Henry Lawson : Selected Stories Henry Lawson 2001 selected work short story ; Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson 1965 single work novel ; The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel ; Ride on Stranger Kylie Tennant 1943 single work novel ; Come in Spinner Florence James Dymphna Cusack 1951 single work novel ; My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Thomas Keneally 1972 single work novel ; Clean Straw for Nothing [and] A Cartload of Clay George Johnston 1989 selected work novel
Can You Better This Book List? 1945 single work column
— Appears in: Book News , August no. [1] 1945; (p. 3)
The Centaur and the Cyborg : Abject Becoming on the Colonial Frontier Elizabeth McMahon , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 67 no. 1-2 2007; (p. 211-225)
The Pea-Pickers : Eve Langley (1904-1974) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 154-158)
y The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley Joan Maxwell , Pymble : HarperCollins , 2001 Z1612087 2001 single work criticism
Assimilation, Unspeakable Traces and the Ontologies of Nation Joseph Pugliese , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meridian , October vol. 14 no. 2 1995; (p. 229-254)
Australia Crossed-Over : Images of Cross-Dressing in Australian Art Elizabeth McMahon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Art And Australia , vol. 34 no. 3 1997; (p. 372-379)
McMahon discusses the way in which 'from the early colonial period, transvestism has been deployed as a central motif or conceit in Australian visual art, photography and film, as well as in ballads, literary narratives and drama (p.374).
Reconfiguring 'Asian Australian' Writing : Australia, India and Inez Baranay Paul Sharrad , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 70 no. 3 2010; (p. 11-29)
Archive of Desire : The Souvenir in Eve Langley's Australian Novels Lucy Treep , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-10)
'In the six novels that Langley sets in Australia, that is, the two published ones and her first four unpublished manuscripts, Langley's narrator Steve travels widely through the countryside of Victoria, as an itinerant field hand and self-styled rover. She regularly returns to her mother's house and on these visits home she invariably brings with her evidence of her adventures. In this essay I explore the nature and employment of these souvenirs. The souvenirs archive Steve's day-to-day life away from her mother's house, but in doing so, as distancing devices, they assert a reconfiguration of the social space of that house. This, then, raises questions regarding the social landscape both within and beyond the house.' (Author's abstract)
Rearranging the Dead Cat Bruce Pascoe , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011; (p. 14-23)
Peas and Disquiet Russell Wenholz , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 26 February 2012; (p. 26)
'Gold Leaf and Tinsel' : Theatricality and Performativity in Eve Langley's 'Bancroft House' Lucy Treep , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 184-197)
'In the opening pages of Eve Langley's best-loved work, The Pea-Pickers (1942), Eve and her sister June adopt male names, showy masculine attire, and "[u]nder the dark interest of the travellers around [them]" board the train for Gippsland (11). The theatricality and performativity of "Steve's" actions in these pages is maintained at a high pitch throughout the novel and, in fact, throughout Langley's novelistic oeuvre. Steve (and Eve in the later novels set in New Zealand) is a highly theatrical character, and as such, her representations often suggest those acts and practices most typical of theatricality: "role-playing, illusion, false appearance, masquerade, facade, and impersonation" (Davis and Postlewait 4). The contradictory manifestations of excess and emptiness are frequently associated with the theatrical; theatricality is often defined as an excess of expressive means (that may need containment), but it is also commonly viewed in terms of an artificiality that invokes that which may not exist, or may not be true (Davis and Postlewait 4). In her well-known formulation of performativity, Judith Butler argues that repetition of a discourse actually produces the phenomena that it seeks to control (xii). In Langley's novels, the performativity of her narrator is expressed not just in speech acts but also in what Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick calls the "minimal, in fact non verbal, performative utterance" (xvii). (Author's abstract)
One-Man Show 1964 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 25 April vol. 86 no. 4392 1964; (p. 9)
Postwar : Exile and Hope Joseph Jones , Johanna Jones , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Fiction 1983; (p. 63-86)
Cross-Country Dressing Elizabeth McMahon , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Active, Reactive : Literary Arts Review , March no. 2 1993; (p. 14-18)
y Wilde Eve : Eve Langley's story Eve Langley , Lucy Frost (editor), Milsons Point : Random House , 1999 Z135377 1999 selected work autobiography novel
y Reality and the Shadow: The Adventure of Identity in Twentieth-Century Australian Women's Fiction Nancy Lee Jones , 1989 Z203224 1989 single work thesis
Oscar Wilde in Eve Langley's White Topee: The Transvestic Origins of the Australian Self Made Man Elizabeth McMahon , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , Spring vol. 56 no. 3 1996; (p. 102-114)
Realism and Romance Brian Kiernan , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 409-414)
The Prior Prize Winners F. D. D. , 1940 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 23 October vol. 61 no. 3167 1940; (p. 2)
Body in the Vault: The Unpublished Novels of Eve Langley Lucy Frost , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 16 no. 1 1993; (p. 50-56)
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