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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Domesticating Cosmopolitanism : Charmian Clift's Women's Column in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Herald in the 1960s
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'When novelist Charmian Clift returned to Australia in 1964 after 14 years in England and Greece, she was commissioned to write a women's column in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Herald. Her topics ranged widely, from food and drink, migrants and hospitality, famine and peace, children and religion, pop music and Aborigines to travel and housewives. By all accounts Clift struck a chord with her readers, her feel for connecting the vagaries of everyday life with historical and global events and social shifts made hers a distinctive voice in the daily press. This article explores the cosmopolitan outlook of Clift's newspaper column: a world of hospitality and travel based on a common humanity, a perspective that neither feared nor favoured class, caste and colour, all the while not shying away from criticisms of the moral ambiguities of a sophisticated worldliness. It argues that Clift's cosmopolitan perspective offered women a moral space that circumscribed local conditions. The article adds to an emerging body of knowledge on the gendered dimensions of cosmopolitanism and seeks to understand what kind of cosmopolitan world for women existed in 1960s Australia.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon History Australia vol. 11 no. 3 December 2014 8259134 2014 periodical issue 2014 pg. 97-115
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