‘The Loaded Dog’: A Celebration


Argues that discussion of the 'meaning, artistry and cultural significance [of 'The Loaded Dog'] can help us to appreciate the significance of Lawson's comic celebration of a dream, and that the context of Lawson's fiction itself best establishes the concepts that give meaning to the comic world of 'The Loaded Dog'. Stewart concentrates principally on what he argues are Lawson's 'central and inseparable preoccupations': 'human gregariousness' and 'the hardness of things'.

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Published 1 October 1983 in Volume 11 No. 2. Subjects: Australian culture, Bush, Idealism, Isolation (Emotional & social), Mateship, Myths & legends, Reality, Henry Lawson.

Cite as: Stewart, Ken A.. ‘‘The Loaded Dog’: A Celebration.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 11, no. 2, 1983, doi: 10.20314/als.1c8b6603db.