Rosa Praed’s Colonial Heroines


Sharkey argues that romance enabled Praed to present the colonial experience from a metropolitan point of view and intelligibly relate the circumstances of women in fronteir society to a European audience. This is achieved by employing a love-theory that declares, in Platonic terms, that for each person there is one who is their perfect match.

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Published 1 May 1981 in Volume 10 No. 1. Subjects: Australian women writers, Love, Romantic love, Women, Rosa Praed, 19th Century Women Writers, Rosa Praed.

Cite as: Sharkey, Michael. ‘Rosa Praed’s Colonial Heroines.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, 1981, doi: 10.20314/als.bd7acc85aa.