Shrouded Histories: Outlaw and Lawmaker, Republican Politics and Women’s Interests


This essay reads the novel of expatriate colonial writer Rosa Praed, Outlaw and Lawmaker (1893), as an intervention in the public debate about the Irish question and the marriage question which were vigorously discussed in the late 1880s in Britain, the United States and Australia. Although the novel belongs to the genre of colonial romance, Ferres argues that its author ‘speaks from a range of different positions within these debates, and thus underlines the inherent difficulty of characterising women’s interests’ (32).

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Published 1 May 2003 in Volume 21 No. 1. Subjects: Australian expatriate writers, Colonial literature & writers, Feminism, Literary career, Political views, Republicanism, Romance (Literary form), Rosa Praed, 19th Century Women Writers.

Cite as: Ferres, Kay. ‘Shrouded Histories: Outlaw and Lawmaker, Republican Politics and Women’s Interests.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 21, no. 1, 2003, doi: 10.20314/als.c518a7c772.