The Fiction of Beverley Farmer


Beverley Farmer is an award-winning writer but critical assessment of her achievement has been minimal. Her short stories have been reviewed in tandem with other women writers, like Helen Garner and Olga Masters, often within a compare and contrast formula stimulated by simultaneous release of new publications. In consequence, while Farmer's powerful and evocative prose has been admired and the accuracy of her social observation acknowledged, her interest in form and structure has frequently been overlooked as attention has been focussed upon the Greek or bleak aspects of content.

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Published 1 May 1990 in Volume 14 No. 3. Subjects: Australian novels & novelists, Australian short stories, Australian women writers, Narrative techniques, Plot, Beverley Farmer.

Cite as: Jacobs, Lyn. ‘The Fiction of Beverley Farmer.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 14, no. 3, 1990, doi: 10.20314/als.1682843653.