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Issue Details: First known date: 1902 1902
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'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)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Helen McMillen of Sydney New South Wales [in the copy presented by Baynton to Lord Tennyson, held in the National Library of Australia, this is corrected in Baynton's hand to 'McMillan'].
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, e-book.

Contents

* Contents derived from the London,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
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Duckworth , 1902 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A Dreamer, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 1-14)
Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 15-43)
Scrammy 'And, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 44-78)
Billy Skywonkie, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 79-105)
Bush Church, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 106-141)
The Chosen Vessel, Barbara Baynton , 1896 single work short story (p. 142-155)
* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1965 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Memoir of Barbara Baynton, Henry Baynton Somer Gullett , 1902-1965 single work biography (p. 1-25)
Barbara Baynton and the Dissidence of the Nineties, A. A. Phillips , 1902-1961 single work criticism Barbara Baynton's Stories (p. 26-42)
A Dreamer, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 45-53)
Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 54-71)
Scrammy 'And, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 72-92)
Billy Skywonkie, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 93-109)
Bush Church, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 110-131)
The Chosen Vessel, Barbara Baynton , 1896 single work short story (p. 132-140)
* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: University of Sydney Library, Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service , 1997 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Chosen Vessel, Barbara Baynton , 1896 single work short story
Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story
Scrammy 'And, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story
Bush Church, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story
Billy Skywonkie, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story
A Dreamer, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

"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)
Is There an Australian Pastoral Poetry? Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 38-51)
Pastoral was common as a European literary genre from the Renaissance until the eighteenth century. It existed in other artistic forms as well, especially in the visual arts, and after its demise as a distinct genre elements of it persisted into the twentieth century, for example in music. With the colonial spread of European culture the pastoral influence also extended into other countries, with a mixed fate. Recently, the term Pastoral has come back into prominence in literature in English, not only in Great Britain but also, notably in the USA and Australia, with the growth of writing motivated by ecological involvement with the natural world, especially landscape. This has led to re-definitions of the term Pastoral in the last few decades. A number of Australian poets are looked at to see whether, and how, their writing about landscape might relate to, or incorporate elements of the Pastoral. The Australian poet John Kinsella, in particular, has been a widely published spokesperson for a new definition of Pastoral. His published works trace his move from a politically activist anti-colonialist redefinition of Pastoral towards a quieter, more harmonious, and essentially ethical engagement with the natural world.
The Making of Barbara Baynton Rosemary Moore , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Changing The Victorian Subject 2014; (p. 83-103)
Barbara Banton Lucas Smith , 2013 single work biography
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 18 2013; (p. 33-35)
Cultural Myths and Open Secrets : The Cattle Industries in Australia Melissa Boyde , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 73 no. 2 2013;
Walk on the Wild Side : Literature in the Time of Choleric Susan K. Martin , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 28 no. 1/2 2013; (p. 75-83)
Time in Some Aussie and Kiwi Short Stories : Lawson, Baynton, Palmer, and Sargeson Angelo Righetti , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Time and the Short Story 2012; (p. 105-118)
'The short story in Australia and New Zealand has flourished from the last decade of the nineteenth century onwards, and has been strictly bound to orality - yarns, yarn-spinning (Bennet 5) - from its early days, as the speech cadence of a usually sympathetic storyteller, either involved in the narrative, or simply an eye-witness or a bystander, interacting with listeners / readers, influences its time-scale, rhythm, tempo and structure.

A few significant stories by representative short-fiction writers from the late nineteenty century well into the mid-twentieth century - Australian Henry Lawson, Barbara Baynton, Vance Palmer, and New Zealand Frank Sargeson - though reflecting specific colonial realities and issues in a period of nation building, will be discussed here for their contribution to a relatively new genre, with specific regard to their treatment of time, changing from a traditional to a gradually experimental mode where they are sometimes forerunners or aware of modernist techniques.' (105)
Rereading Barbara Baynton's Bush Studies Leigh Dale , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Texas Studies in Literature and Language , Winter vol. 53 no. 4 2011; (p. 369-386)
'This essay ... sets out an argument that the value of Baynton's work lies in the coherence of the stories in Bush Studies. The work should be read as a suite, the contrast between the six stories casting new light on each, rather than being simply contradictory or inept. This essay contends that the striking consistency of theme and topos, contrasted with the diversity of style that has so far been the main attraction and puzzle for critics, offers cues for reading the then emerging category of "bush" writing that was said to be distinctively Australian. In so doing, I am taking issue with much of the published criticism on Baynton, a disputation largely confined to footnotes' (p. 369).
Fear and Loathing in the Australian Bush : Gothic Landscapes in Bush Studies and Picnic at Hanging Rock Kathleen Steele , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Colloquy : Text Theory Critique , December no. 20 2010;
This work is an 'analysis of two texts in which the representations of landscape have been overlooked in favour of feminist or classical readings: Barbara Baynton‟s Bush Studies and Joan Lindsay‟s Picnic at Hanging Rock. If "landscape'. (Author's introduction)
Escaping the Bush Paradigm Lucy Frost , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining Australia : Literature and Culture in the New New World 2004; (p. 53-65)
No Place for a Woman? : Barbara Baynton's Bush Studies Susan Barrett , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the Short Story in English=Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle , Spring vol. 40 no. 2003; (p. 85-96)
'Clearly, the risk taken by the author of excessive impicitness is the risk of being misunderstood. Susan Barrett argues that this has ... been the case for Barbara Baynton ... whose Bush Stories were until recently read as "true" accounts of life in the bush ' (Linda Collinge, Iintroduction to the Journal of the Short Story in English, 40 (2003) p.13). Barret re-examines the works in the light of feminist criticism, concluding that 'given the circumstances in which she was trying to publish, direct criticism was never an option for Baynton. What is essential in decoding Baynton's work is to accept that it is not about women but about the absence of women who are shown to be victims both of men in the bush and of language.' (p.95)
Pioneer Writer Sheds Light on a Wild Side Patricia Stone , 2001 single work biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 May 2001; (p. 11)
Expulsion, Exodus and Exile in White Australian Historical Mythology Ann Curthoys , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 61 1999; (p. 1-18)
Ann Curthoys examines 'how notions of exile and exodus permeate some key figures in Australian history, the convicts and pioneers' (3). She draws on historical works as well as fiction and film. In the second half of her essay she argues that the Mabo decision has reawakened non-Indigenous Australian's fear of homelessness.
'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)
The 1890s: Australian Literature and Literary Culture : Introduction Ken A. Stewart , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The 1890s : Australian Literature and Literary Culture 1996; (p. 1-26)
y Barbara Baynton's Bush Studies Peter Stanley , Glebe : Pascal Press , 1994 Z38603 1994 single work criticism
Welcome Reprints of Australian Classics Ralph Elliott , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 February 1993; (p. C9)

— Review of The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony : An Australian Autobiography Hal Porter 1963 single work autobiography ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Paperbacks Philippa Hawker , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 February 1993; (p. 8)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Grim Humour in Short Stories of the 1890s Robert S. White , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aspects of Australian Fiction : Essays Presented to John Colmer, Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Adelaide 1990; (p. 17-39)
[Untitled] (from One Realist and Another) Alfred George Stephens , 1990 extract
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 439)
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'.
Untitled 1903 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 24 January 1903; (p. 187)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Untitled 1903 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 4 April 1903; (p. 748)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Untitled 1903 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 31 January 1903; (p. 13)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Welcome Reprints of Australian Classics Ralph Elliott , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 February 1993; (p. C9)

— Review of The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony : An Australian Autobiography Hal Porter 1963 single work autobiography ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
One Realist and Another 1903 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 14 February vol. 24 no. 1200 1903; (p. 2)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Untitled 1903 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Town and Country Journal , 21 January vol. 66 no. 1720 1903; (p. 59)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Barbara Baynton: A Master of Nationalism Jack Lindsay , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 25 no. 3 1966; (p. 345-348)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Untitled Maurice Dunlevy , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 March 1966; (p. 13)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 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
Untitled Ian Hicks , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 April 1966; (p. 14)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Untitled Grahame Johnston , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 7 May 1966; (p. 9)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; Literary Australia 1966 anthology criticism ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Untitled Kylie Tennant , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 March 1966; (p. 15)

— Review of Stories of the Riverina E. O. Schlunke 1965 selected work short story ; The Big Burn : Short Stories Brian James 1965 selected work short story ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Untitled 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 9 June 1966; (p. 520)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Paperbacks Philippa Hawker , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 February 1993; (p. 8)

— Review of Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
No Place for a Woman? : Barbara Baynton's Bush Studies Susan Barrett , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the Short Story in English=Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle , Spring vol. 40 no. 2003; (p. 85-96)
'Clearly, the risk taken by the author of excessive impicitness is the risk of being misunderstood. Susan Barrett argues that this has ... been the case for Barbara Baynton ... whose Bush Stories were until recently read as "true" accounts of life in the bush ' (Linda Collinge, Iintroduction to the Journal of the Short Story in English, 40 (2003) p.13). Barret re-examines the works in the light of feminist criticism, concluding that 'given the circumstances in which she was trying to publish, direct criticism was never an option for Baynton. What is essential in decoding Baynton's work is to accept that it is not about women but about the absence of women who are shown to be victims both of men in the bush and of language.' (p.95)
Escaping the Bush Paradigm Lucy Frost , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining Australia : Literature and Culture in the New New World 2004; (p. 53-65)
Expulsion, Exodus and Exile in White Australian Historical Mythology Ann Curthoys , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 61 1999; (p. 1-18)
Ann Curthoys examines 'how notions of exile and exodus permeate some key figures in Australian history, the convicts and pioneers' (3). She draws on historical works as well as fiction and film. In the second half of her essay she argues that the Mabo decision has reawakened non-Indigenous Australian's fear of homelessness.
Untitled 1903 single work column
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 21 February 1903; (p. 411)
Untitled 1903 single work column
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 14 March 1903; (p. 580)
Barbara Baynton : A Master of Naturalism Jack Lindsay , 1976 single work criticism
— Appears in: Decay and Renewal : Critical Essays on Twentieth Century Writing 1976; (p. 262-266)
Fear and Loathing in the Australian Bush : Gothic Landscapes in Bush Studies and Picnic at Hanging Rock Kathleen Steele , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Colloquy : Text Theory Critique , December no. 20 2010;
This work is an 'analysis of two texts in which the representations of landscape have been overlooked in favour of feminist or classical readings: Barbara Baynton‟s Bush Studies and Joan Lindsay‟s Picnic at Hanging Rock. If "landscape'. (Author's introduction)
Rereading Barbara Baynton's Bush Studies Leigh Dale , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Texas Studies in Literature and Language , Winter vol. 53 no. 4 2011; (p. 369-386)
'This essay ... sets out an argument that the value of Baynton's work lies in the coherence of the stories in Bush Studies. The work should be read as a suite, the contrast between the six stories casting new light on each, rather than being simply contradictory or inept. This essay contends that the striking consistency of theme and topos, contrasted with the diversity of style that has so far been the main attraction and puzzle for critics, offers cues for reading the then emerging category of "bush" writing that was said to be distinctively Australian. In so doing, I am taking issue with much of the published criticism on Baynton, a disputation largely confined to footnotes' (p. 369).
Time in Some Aussie and Kiwi Short Stories : Lawson, Baynton, Palmer, and Sargeson Angelo Righetti , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Time and the Short Story 2012; (p. 105-118)
'The short story in Australia and New Zealand has flourished from the last decade of the nineteenth century onwards, and has been strictly bound to orality - yarns, yarn-spinning (Bennet 5) - from its early days, as the speech cadence of a usually sympathetic storyteller, either involved in the narrative, or simply an eye-witness or a bystander, interacting with listeners / readers, influences its time-scale, rhythm, tempo and structure.

A few significant stories by representative short-fiction writers from the late nineteenty century well into the mid-twentieth century - Australian Henry Lawson, Barbara Baynton, Vance Palmer, and New Zealand Frank Sargeson - though reflecting specific colonial realities and issues in a period of nation building, will be discussed here for their contribution to a relatively new genre, with specific regard to their treatment of time, changing from a traditional to a gradually experimental mode where they are sometimes forerunners or aware of modernist techniques.' (105)
y Barbara Baynton's Bush Studies Peter Stanley , Glebe : Pascal Press , 1994 Z38603 1994 single work criticism
'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)
From Federation into the 1930s Joseph Jones , Johanna Jones , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Fiction 1983; (p. 25-43)
Grim Humour in Short Stories of the 1890s Robert S. White , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aspects of Australian Fiction : Essays Presented to John Colmer, Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Adelaide 1990; (p. 17-39)
y Modern Australian Literature, 1900-1923 Nettie Palmer , Melbourne : Lothian , 1924 Z120440 1924 single work criticism
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)
Barbara Baynton and the Dissidence of the Nineties A. A. Phillips , 1902-1961 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Summer (1961-1962) no. 22 1961; (p. 15-20) An Overland Muster : Selections from Overland 1954-1964 1965; (p. 178-190) Bush Studies 1965; (p. 26-42) The Australian Tradition : Studies in a Colonial Culture 1966; (p. 72-82) The Australian Nationalists : Modern Critical Essays 1971; (p. 149-158)
Writers I Remember [1] : Barbara Baynton Vance Palmer , 1958 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 11 1958; (p. 15-16) Intimate Portraits and Other Pieces : Essays and Articles 1969; (p. 83-87)
Fiction in the Australian Bush Havelock Ellis , 1903-1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Weekly Critical Review (Paris) , 17 September 1903; Kanga Creek : Havelock Ellis In Australia 1989; (p. 229-235)
[Untitled] (from One Realist and Another) Alfred George Stephens , 1990 extract
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 439)
The 1890s: Australian Literature and Literary Culture : Introduction Ken A. Stewart , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The 1890s : Australian Literature and Literary Culture 1996; (p. 1-26)
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