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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Outback : Australische Kurzgeschichten
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* Contents derived from the Hamburg,
Western Europe, Europe,
Balladine , 2016 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
My Only Murder, Delcomyn , 1893 single work short story Mein Einziger Mord
The Chosen Vessel, Barbara Baynton , 1896 single work short story The Tramp Erwählt
Note: With title: Erwählt
Some Day, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
Mitchell tells of a girl he once loved.
Note: With title: Irgendwann
The Jealousy of Stephen Snow, Murray M. Innes , 1989 single work short story Hass
Note: With title: Hass
Dad and the Two Donovans, 'Steele Rudd' , 1896 single work short story Dad und die Donovans
Note: With title: Dad und die Donovans
The Lost White Woman, Mary Gaunt , 1916 single work short story Vermisst
Note: With title: Vermisst
Rats, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story humour
Three travelling shearers encounter a swagman, 'Rats', having a fight with his swag.
Spirit-Led, Ernest Favenc , 1890 single work short story mystery Verflucht
Note: With title: Verflucht
The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story

First appearing in The Bulletin in 1892, Henry Lawson's short story 'The Drovers Wife' is today regarded as a seminal work in the Australian literary tradition. Noted for it's depiction of the bush as harsh, potentially threatening and both isolated and isolating, the story opens with a simple enough premise: an aggressive--and presumably deadly--snake disrupts the working life of a bushwoman and her young children. Brave but cautious, the woman resolves to protect her children since her husband is, characteristically, away from home and of no help. 

As time passes within the story, tension builds, and the snake's symbolic threat takes on layers of meaning as the sleepless heroine recalls previous challenges she faced while her husband was away. A series of flashbacks and recollections propel the story through the single night over which it takes place, and by the time the climax arrives--the confrontation with the snake--readers have learned much about the heroine's strengths and fears, most of the latter involving the loss of children and dark figures who encroach upon her small, vulnerable homestead. To be sure, this "darkness" is highly symbolic, and Lawson's use of imagery invokes Western notions of good and evil as well as gendered and racial stereotypes. 

Die Frau des Viehtreibers

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