‘Rediscovery’ is an action that has been evoked many times lately to describe the renewed interest of literary scholars and publishers in Elizabeth Harrower’s work. A 2014 article in The Guardian newspaper, which told of the ‘revival’ of Harrower’s work by Text Publishing commenced with the headline, ‘Elizabeth Harrower: Australia’s Buried Literary Treasure is Unearthed’, conjuring images of the author gilded with gold leaf, patiently awaiting discovery beneath the detritus of literary history. James Wood’s wide-reaching article on Harrower’s oeuvre in The New Yorker (which would have made a handsome inclusion in the volume presently reviewed, copyright permitting) was announced by a quote from Harrower’s novel, In Certain Circles, and a subheading that drew readers directly into this plot of detection – ‘Rediscovering Elizabeth Harrower’. And the title of the introductory chapter to this new, valuable volume of essays edited by Elizabeth McMahon and Brigitta Olubas – ‘Rediscovering Again:…
Review of Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, edited by Elizabeth McMahon and Brigitta Olubas
Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, edited by Elizabeth McMahon and Brigitta Olubas. Sydney University Press, 2017.