Review of *Who Is She? Images of Woman in Australian Fiction', ed. Shirley Walker
The position of women is changing and sexual difference is problematic in social, political, economic and cultural practice and theory. The title of Who is She? strikes just this chord. Skimming the table of contents, I note with interest the names of several contributors who have published previously on their chosen writers—Dorothy Green on Richardson, Brian Matthews on Lawson, Laurie Clancy on Stead. As I turn to the editor's preface, I'm wondering how questions about 'images of woman' will be posed in relation to Australian cultural history, literary production and reception, writing strategies. Why has 'woman' emerged as an object of investigation in mainstream literary critical discourse at this time and place?
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