Review of Too Far Everywhere: The Romantic Heroine in Nineteenth-Century Australia, Seeking the Centre: The Australian Desert in Literature, Art and Film, The Diaries of Barbara Hanrahan and Woman and Herself: A Critical Study of the Works of Barbara Hanrahan

It is a forbidding task to review this clutch of books, the diaries of an extraordinary writer and visual artist, a critical study of her work, a discussion of the image of the des- ert in Australian culture and a study of the Romantic heroine in nineteenth-century Australian fiction. But maybe it offers an opportunity to practise what Ricoeur calls a 'generative poetics', a reading across genres which is the critical equivalent ofa genera- tive grarnrnar which accounts for permissible ways of speaking and thus of thinking, and defines the characteristics of 'reality'.

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Published 1 May 1999 in Volume 19 No. 1. Subjects: Barbara Hanrahan.

Cite as: Brady, Veronica. ‘Review of Too Far Everywhere: The Romantic Heroine in Nineteenth-Century Australia, Seeking the Centre: The Australian Desert in Literature, Art and Film, The Diaries of Barbara Hanrahan and Woman and Herself: A Critical Study of the Works of Barbara Hanrahan.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 1999. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.7ab864a6ed.