y Squeaker's Mate single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1902 1902
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Adaptations

form y Squeaker's Mate Max B. Richards , Z1060208 1973 single work film/TV Squeaker's Mate is based on Barbara Baynton's short story of the same name, first published in Bush Studies (a selection of nightmarish tales that reflect bush life as through a distorting mirror). The story is set in Gippsland in 1880 and concerns a woman who, after being disabled in a logging accident, is cruelly discarded by the man with whom she shares a primitive outback farm.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • 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. 15-43
  • Appears in:
    y A Century of Australian Short Stories Cecil Hadgraft (editor), R. B. J. Wilson (editor), Melbourne : Heinemann , 1963 Z577475 1963 anthology short story Melbourne : Heinemann , 1963 pg. 72-85
  • 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. 54-71
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Australian Short Stories Harry Payne Heseltine (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1976 Z333518 1976 anthology short story Ringwood : Penguin , 1976 pg. 63-77
  • 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. 11-26
  • Appears in:
    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z219820 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 437-448
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Anthology of Australian Women's Writing Dale Spender (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1988 Z438138 1988 anthology drama extract short story Ringwood : Penguin , 1988 pg. 387-401
  • 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. 175-187
  • Appears in:
    y The Oxford Book of Australian Short Stories Michael Wilding (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1994 Z92140 1994 anthology short story criticism extract poetry crime humour South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1994 pg. 15-26
  • 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 The Penguin Century of Australian Stories Carmel Bird (editor), Ringwood : Viking , 2000 Z290212 2000 anthology short story Ringwood : Viking , 2000 pg. 55-68
  • Appears in:
    y Classic Australian Short Stories Maggie Pinkney (editor), Noble Park : Five Mile Press , 2001 Z864787 2001 anthology short story Noble Park : Five Mile Press , 2001 pg. 57-76
Notes:
'"Squeaker's Mate" is the only Barbara Baynton story for which a manuscript is known to survive. This ... is now held by the Mitchell Library. A note on the side of the first page indicates that it was purchased from A. G. Stephens in January 1932. The first nine pages are in typescript, the remaining fifteen in Baynton's handwriting. There are a few corrections made by Baynton in black ink and many more in A. G. Stephens's notorious purple ink. A clean typescript, incorporating both Baynton's and Stephens's corrections is held in the Hayes collection of the Fryer Library, University of Queensland.' (Elizabeth Webby, 'Barbara Baynton's Revisions to "Squeaker's Mate."' )
      ca. 1902-1910 .
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Carbon typescript with ms. corrections by A.G. Stephens

      Holdings

      Held at: Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
      Local Id: MLMSS 4937/6)
  • Appears in:
    y Cobbers Barbara Baynton , London : Duckworth , 1917 Z820761 1917 selected work short story London : Duckworth , 1917 pg. 33-70
  • Appears in:
    y Southerly vol. 44 no. 4 December 1984 Z594879 1984 periodical issue 1984 pg. 460-468
    Note: Reprinted in Elizabeth Webby's 'Barbara Baynton's Revisions to "Squeaker's Mate."

Works about this Work

The Sheep’s Face : Figuration, Empathy, Ethics Michael Farrell , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 1 2016;
'The word ‘species’ is etymologically related to looking. Although its primary biological definition is that of beings that can interbreed,species can refer to things of like kind: thisrelates to the term’s Latin derivation, specere, meaning to look. Describing how things look and conveying this appearance to others (whether in writing, or in relaying a memory) typically involves the use of metaphor. This article reads a number of Australian texts in terms of interspecies relations between humans and sheep, and considers the use of metaphor—and metonymy—and the place of ethics in this relation, with a particular emphasis on the face of both human and sheep: how sheep and humans look, in both senses of the word.' (Author's introduction)
"The Chosen Vessel" and the Ghost Wife Jonathan Mills , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , August vol. 76 no. 1 2016; (p. 144-168)
' In an interview in the Guardian in 2004, the renowned American author Annie Proulx spoke of her admiration for the work of a little known Australian writer called Barbara Baynton. The creator of Brokeback Mountain described how she was drawn to the work of another female writer whose work was "aesthetically rudimentary, but takes harshness, between men and women, and the land, to a painful level of implacability" (Edemariam). Proulx was referring specifically to her favourite Baynton short story, Squeaker's Mate, though her comments are applicable to almost every story in Baynton's Bush Studies (1902), a collection characterised by relentlessly unsentimental and brutal depictions of life in remote Australian locations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.' (Publication summary)
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)
'Shafts into Our Fundamental Animalism': Barbara Baynton's Use of Naturalism in 'Bush Studies' Laurie Hergenhan , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 17 no. 3 1996; (p. 211-221)
Footnotes to an Australian Gothic Script Gerry Turcotte , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 7 no. 2 1993; (p. 127-134)
Things a Bushwoman Cannot Do Sue Rowley , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Debutante Nation : Feminism Contests the 1890s 1993; (p. 185-198; notes 242-244)
Nationality and Australian Literature Patrick Buckridge , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies : A Survey 1989; (p. 136-155)
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)
'Squeaker's Mate' : A Bushwoman's Tale Rosemary Moore , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , Summer no. 3 1986; (p. 26-44)
Barbara Baynton's Revisions to 'Squeaker's Mate' Elizabeth Webby , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 44 no. 4 1984; (p. 455-468)
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'.
'Squeaker's Mate' : A Bushwoman's Tale Rosemary Moore , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , Summer no. 3 1986; (p. 26-44)
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)
Footnotes to an Australian Gothic Script Gerry Turcotte , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 7 no. 2 1993; (p. 127-134)
'Shafts into Our Fundamental Animalism': Barbara Baynton's Use of Naturalism in 'Bush Studies' Laurie Hergenhan , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 17 no. 3 1996; (p. 211-221)
Nationality and Australian Literature Patrick Buckridge , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies : A Survey 1989; (p. 136-155)
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's Revisions to 'Squeaker's Mate' Elizabeth Webby , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 44 no. 4 1984; (p. 455-468)
Things a Bushwoman Cannot Do Sue Rowley , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Debutante Nation : Feminism Contests the 1890s 1993; (p. 185-198; notes 242-244)
The Sheep’s Face : Figuration, Empathy, Ethics Michael Farrell , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 1 2016;
'The word ‘species’ is etymologically related to looking. Although its primary biological definition is that of beings that can interbreed,species can refer to things of like kind: thisrelates to the term’s Latin derivation, specere, meaning to look. Describing how things look and conveying this appearance to others (whether in writing, or in relaying a memory) typically involves the use of metaphor. This article reads a number of Australian texts in terms of interspecies relations between humans and sheep, and considers the use of metaphor—and metonymy—and the place of ethics in this relation, with a particular emphasis on the face of both human and sheep: how sheep and humans look, in both senses of the word.' (Author's introduction)
"The Chosen Vessel" and the Ghost Wife Jonathan Mills , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , August vol. 76 no. 1 2016; (p. 144-168)
' In an interview in the Guardian in 2004, the renowned American author Annie Proulx spoke of her admiration for the work of a little known Australian writer called Barbara Baynton. The creator of Brokeback Mountain described how she was drawn to the work of another female writer whose work was "aesthetically rudimentary, but takes harshness, between men and women, and the land, to a painful level of implacability" (Edemariam). Proulx was referring specifically to her favourite Baynton short story, Squeaker's Mate, though her comments are applicable to almost every story in Baynton's Bush Studies (1902), a collection characterised by relentlessly unsentimental and brutal depictions of life in remote Australian locations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.' (Publication summary)
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