Romanticism and Environmentalism: The Tasmanian Novels of Marie Bjelke-Petersen


Examines romanticism and early environmentalism in Bjelke-Petersen’s almost forgotten novels about the Tasmanian landscape. Haynes argues that although in one sense Bjelke-Petersen’s “Romantic emphasis on possessing, and being possessed by, Nature can be seen as a form of emotional imperialism, her Tasmanian novels provided an important reassessment and a widely publicised step towards the acceptance of wilderness conservation in the state” (74).

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Published 1 May 2001 in Volume 20 No. 1. Subjects: Australian landscape, Environmental conservation, Romantic literature, Tasmania, Tasmania, Wilderness.

Cite as: Haynes, Roslynn D.. ‘Romanticism and Environmentalism: The Tasmanian Novels of Marie Bjelke-Petersen.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 20, no. 1, 2001, doi: 10.20314/als.2d04ba1f3a.