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Issue Details: First known date: 1902... 1902 Bush Studies
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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)

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Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Senior Secondary (English Unit 1)

Themes

Australia, Australian Bush, colonisation, connection to place, gender, hardship, isolation, resilience, women

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Literacy, Personal and social

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'].

Contents

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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 , single work short story (p. 1-14)
Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 15-43)
Scrammy 'And, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 44-78)
Billy Skywonkie, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 79-105)
Bush Church, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 106-141)
The Chosen Vessel, Barbara Baynton , 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 , single work biography (p. 1-25)
Barbara Baynton's Stories Barbara Baynton and the Dissidence of the Nineties, A. A. Phillips , single work criticism (p. 26-42)
A Dreamer, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 45-53)
Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 54-71)
Scrammy 'And, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 72-92)
Billy Skywonkie, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 93-109)
Bush Church, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 110-131)
The Chosen Vessel, Barbara Baynton , 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 , single work short story
Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton , single work short story
Scrammy 'And, Barbara Baynton , single work short story
Bush Church, Barbara Baynton , single work short story
Billy Skywonkie, Barbara Baynton , single work short story
A Dreamer, Barbara Baynton , single work short story
* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Text Publishing , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Helen Garner , single work essay

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Works about this Work

(Re)claiming Barbara Baynton’s Gothic Creek : An Analysis of Gillian Mears’ Foals’ Bread and Jessie Cole’s Deeper Water Alexandra Philp , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic , vol. 16 no. 2 2017;

'The creek is a threatening site for women in Barbara Baynton’s Bush Studies (1902). The female characters in her stories are routinely represented as vulnerable, drowning, or murdered at the creek, and the slippery banks and murky waters have been established by Baynton as an Australian gothic space where women (and their bodies) are denied agency. Gillian Mears and Jessie Cole are two contemporary writers who challenge Baynton’s representation of the gothic creek. The female protagonists in their most recent Australian gothic novels, Noah in Mears’ Foal’s Bread (2011) and Mema in Cole’s Deeper Water (2014), understand the creek as a subversive site that accommodates alternative female corporeal experiences. While Noah in Foal’s Bread finds body autonomy in her use of the creek as a birthing space for her firstborn child, Mema in Deeper Water experiences body empowerment in her use of the creek as a space of sexual awakening. Though the gothic creek is a fearful site for women in Baynton’s establishing Australian gothic text, Bush Studies, both Foal’s Bread and Deeper Water demonstrate that the contemporary gothic creek is able to (re)negotiated as a site of female body autonomy and empowerment.'  (Publication abstract)

“The Distance between Them” : Sheep, Women, and Violence in Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing and Barbara Baynton’s Bush Studies Lucy Neave , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 30 no. 1 2016; (p. 125-136)
'In recent years, animals in contemporary Australian writing and culture have been of considerable interest to scholars and writers. Anna Krien and Delia Falconer have raised questions about their ethical treatment and the preponderance of animal metaphors in Australian fiction and poetry in essays for general readers, while J. M. Coetzee's representation of dogs has been a significant area of recent inquiry in academic scholarship. Dogs' salience as metaphors in Disgrace (1999) has been noted by James Ley, as has the relationship between human and animal rights, embodiment and belief in Elizabeth Costello (2003) in essays by Elizabeth Anker and Fiona Jenkins. The recent interest in animals in the Australian context has also become manifest in a series of novels, many of them by women, such as Michelle de Kretser's The Lost Dog (2007), Eva Hornung's Dog Boy (2009), Gillian Mears's Foal's Bread (2012), Carrie Tiffany's Mateship with Birds (2012), and Charlotte Wood's Animal People (2011). ' (Introduction)
"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)
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 ; 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
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)
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