The Travelling Heroine in Recent Australian FictionElizabeth Webby,
2002single work criticism — Appears in:
'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft2002;(175-186)This essay reviews and discusses seven Australian novels published in 2000 and 2001 which all focus on 'travelling heroines'. Trying to explore what these novels tell us about the current state of Australian fiction, Webby sees a trend to avoid contemporary settings and topics and thus a confrontation with current political and social issues such as discrimination and racism. She observes a move from the nineteenth to the twentieth century as 'the favoured domain for serious Australian historical fiction', and a trend to return to essentially nineteenth-century themes and structures.