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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 The Drover's Wife : A Celebration of a Great Australian Love Affair
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'Since Henry Lawson wrote his story The Drover’s Wife in 1892, Australian writers, painters, performers, and photographers have created a wonderful tradition of Drover’s Wife works, stories, and images.

'The Russell Drysdale painting from 1945 has become an Australian icon.

'Other versions of the Lawson story have been written by Murray Bail, Frank Moorhouse, Barbara Jefferis, Mandy Sayer, David Ireland and others, up to the present including Ryan O’Neill’s graphic novel.

'Moorhouse has examined our ongoing fascination with this story, collected some of the best pieces of writing on the subject, adding commentary on each piece, and created a remarkable, gorgeous book.' (Publication Summary)

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* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Knopf Australia , 2017 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
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. 

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(p. 3-14)
'The Drover's Wife' : A Great Reading Adventure, Frank Moorhouse , 2017 single work criticism

'This year, 2017, marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the Australian writer Henry Lawson. Lawson scholar Paul Eggart, in Biography of a Book :Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils (2013), recounts Lawson's death, at the age of fifty-five, and funeral...' (Introduction)

(p. 15-24)
'A Mixed-up Affair All Round' - Girl/woman/Wife/Mother/Man/Black Man and into the Landscape, Frank Moorhouse , 2017 single work criticism

'In the bushfire incident, the drover's wife experiences, for a few moments, dramatic transformations in her personality that are wonderfully revealing. For a brief time, she becomes a man. she crosses the sex boundary: 'She put on an old pair of her husband's trousers and beat out the flames with a green bough ... The sight of his mother in trousers greatly amused Tommy', her oldest child. This is perhaps the nervous laughter of children when confronted with a disordering of their certainties. Tommy may have been even more nervously amused if his drover father - had he been around - had put on one of his wife's dresses.' (Introduction)

(p. 25-42)
Sexual Tensions in 'The Drover's Wife' - What Was It like When the Drover Was Home?, Frank Moorhouse , 2017 single work criticism

'The sexual tension in 'The Drover's Wife' is stark. 

'The girl-wife

'The drover's wife has found herself in the outback, living in relative isolation in a two-room shack, one room with an earthen floor and one with a slab floor. She has four young children and a husband who is away droving for long stretches of of time - he's been gone for six months without any communication, and at one time had been gone for eighteen months. she is virtually a single mother, or a part-time wife, or maybe a semi-abandoned wife. She is used to the loneliness in her life.

'As a girl-wife she hated it, but now she would feel strange away from it.'

'Maybe life was be better without the drover being home?' (Introduction)

(p. 43-51)
Mateship Love - How Did Lawson Experience Mateship?, Frank Moorhouse , 2017 single work criticism

'If he were alive today, Lawson may not be as destructively conflicted about and disturbed by his effeminacy, and may be bolder in his assertion of himself. Even so, he would recognise the strong remnants of the primitive male culture he dealt with, and the psychological damage and suicide it causes.' (Introduction)

(p. 53-66)
The Younger Lawson V The Older Lawson - The Sourcing of 'The Drover's Wife', Frank Moorhouse , 2017 single work criticism

'Lawson scholar Paul Eggart recalls that, when he was a third-year high school student in 1966, as a prize for mathematics he opted for a hardback copy of Cecil Mann's Henry Lawson;s Best Stories ...' (Introduction)

(p. 67-76)
[Extract] Snake, Kate Jennings , 2017 extract novel

'A small boy was walking along a bush track, hands stuck in his pockets, lips puckered in a whistle. Sunlight streamed through the leaves, dappling his path. His presence disturbed a flock of corellas, and they burst into the air, wheeling and whirring. The boy watched appreciatively, canting his head, shading his eyes, and continued on his way, until he came to a log. He stepped over i, taking his hands out of his pockets, angling his body, for it was a large log. The snake struck with impersonal dispatch.' (Introduction)

(p. 77-80)
The Australian Bush-Woman, Louisa Lawson , 1889 single work prose (p. 81-89)
The Drover's De Facto, Anne Gambling , 1986 single work short story (p. 91-102)
The Drover's Wife's Dog, Damien Broderick , 1986 single work short story science fiction (p. 103-108)
The Drover's Wife, Craig Cormick , 1998 single work short story (p. 109-116)
The Drover's Wife Club, James Roberts , 2006 single work prose (p. 117-128)
Afraid of Waking It, Madeleine Watts , 2015 single work novella

'He set the camera up by the wall in the space he used as his studio. It was one of the many rooms in the too-big house he didn't need. It was mostly empty - the wallpaper left to peel away from the walls, the plaster to crack and the dust left undusted. In the light that came in elongated grids through the barred windows I watched him move around the room beneath me, holding up the light meter to gauge the exposures...' (Publication abstract)

(p. 129-195)
The Drover's Wife, Murray Bail , 1975 single work short story (p. 199-205)
The Drysdale/Lawson Mysteries and the Question of the Big Women, Frank Moorhouse , 2017 single work criticism

'Drysdale is the essential Australian painter. Many gifted painters have come out of Australia, and one of them Sydney Nolan is a universal figure. But noone except Drysdale gives the same authentic feeling of the resolute humanity that has manged to exist in that terrible continent ...' (Introduction)

(p. 207-221)
Big Ednai"No, it’s not Hazel, it’s Hazel’s sister Edna,", Mark O'Flynn , 2013 single work poetry (p. 223)
The Lie of the Land, Hamish Clayton , 2017 single work short story (p. 225-236)
The Drover's Wife, Barbara Jefferis , 1980 single work short story satire (p. 237-251)
The Drover's Wife, Mandy Sayer , 1996 single work short story (p. 253-265)
The Drover's Wife, David Ireland , 1997 single work column (p. 263-265)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Transformations Paul Genoni , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 399 2018; (p. 52)

'In this collection of more than thirty pieces of fiction, journalism, criticism, academic papers, and ephemera (acceptance speeches, parliamentary questions, university course outlines), Frank Moorhouse gives evidence of, and attempts to explain, the durability of Henry Lawson’s classic short story ‘The Drover’s Wife’ in Australian cultural life. Moorhouse’s interest encompasses not only the persistence of Lawson’s story, but also the many ways in which it has lingered by being constantly reinvented – both reverently and otherwise – to the point where he declares that it has become ‘a phenomenon unique in the Australian artistic imagination’.' (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Contemporary Settler Literature : Resources for Students and Teachers Travis Franks , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2017 13356230 2017 single work multimedia bibliography

'Here you will find an introduction to settler colonial theory and contemporary settler colonial literature. This exhibition is intended to survey the major and minor authors, works, and ideas involved with settler colonial writing in Australia, and, to a lesser extent, the United States, since the 1990s.

'In addition to the overview statements on this page, you can click on other tabs to see timeline of publication dates in historical context, a glossary of common terms, an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources, brief discussions of themes and motifs useful for student researchers and teachers interested in including settler colonialism in their curricula, and information about comparative settler colonial studies between Australia and the US.'

Source: Abstract.

Writers Writing about Writers and Writing Susan Lever , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , December 2017;

— Review of The Drover's Wife : A Celebration of a Great Australian Love Affair 2017 anthology short story criticism ; A Wife’s Heart : The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson Kerrie Davies , 2017 single work biography ; The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell , 2016 single work drama ; Alice Pung on John Marsden Alice Pung , 2017 single work essay ; Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings Erik Jensen , 2017 single work essay
Bewitched by Drover’s Missus Carmel Bird , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 November 2017; (p. 23)

'A visitor from Mars could be forgiven for asking what is it with this woman, this drover’s wife?

'It’s now 150 years since Henry Lawson was born. In 1892, The Bulletin published his short story, The Drover’s Wife. This year, Leah Purcell won the NSW Premier’s Award for the best book for her startling play The Drover’s Wife. Also this year, Australia Post issued a stamp cele­brating The Drover’s Wife. In 1945, Russell Drysdale painted The Drover’s Wife. In 1975, Murray Bail wrote a story, The Drover’s Wife. In 1980, Frank Moorhouse wrote a story, The Drover’s Wife. And that’s not the half of it.' 

(Introduction)

Writers Writing about Writers and Writing Susan Lever , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , December 2017;

— Review of The Drover's Wife : A Celebration of a Great Australian Love Affair 2017 anthology short story criticism ; A Wife’s Heart : The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson Kerrie Davies , 2017 single work biography ; The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell , 2016 single work drama ; Alice Pung on John Marsden Alice Pung , 2017 single work essay ; Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings Erik Jensen , 2017 single work essay
Bewitched by Drover’s Missus Carmel Bird , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 November 2017; (p. 23)

'A visitor from Mars could be forgiven for asking what is it with this woman, this drover’s wife?

'It’s now 150 years since Henry Lawson was born. In 1892, The Bulletin published his short story, The Drover’s Wife. This year, Leah Purcell won the NSW Premier’s Award for the best book for her startling play The Drover’s Wife. Also this year, Australia Post issued a stamp cele­brating The Drover’s Wife. In 1945, Russell Drysdale painted The Drover’s Wife. In 1975, Murray Bail wrote a story, The Drover’s Wife. In 1980, Frank Moorhouse wrote a story, The Drover’s Wife. And that’s not the half of it.' 

(Introduction)

Transformations Paul Genoni , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 399 2018; (p. 52)

'In this collection of more than thirty pieces of fiction, journalism, criticism, academic papers, and ephemera (acceptance speeches, parliamentary questions, university course outlines), Frank Moorhouse gives evidence of, and attempts to explain, the durability of Henry Lawson’s classic short story ‘The Drover’s Wife’ in Australian cultural life. Moorhouse’s interest encompasses not only the persistence of Lawson’s story, but also the many ways in which it has lingered by being constantly reinvented – both reverently and otherwise – to the point where he declares that it has become ‘a phenomenon unique in the Australian artistic imagination’.' (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Contemporary Settler Literature : Resources for Students and Teachers Travis Franks , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2017 13356230 2017 single work multimedia bibliography

'Here you will find an introduction to settler colonial theory and contemporary settler colonial literature. This exhibition is intended to survey the major and minor authors, works, and ideas involved with settler colonial writing in Australia, and, to a lesser extent, the United States, since the 1990s.

'In addition to the overview statements on this page, you can click on other tabs to see timeline of publication dates in historical context, a glossary of common terms, an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources, brief discussions of themes and motifs useful for student researchers and teachers interested in including settler colonialism in their curricula, and information about comparative settler colonial studies between Australia and the US.'

Source: Abstract.

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