To come to the work of the novelist Eve Langley is to come to a body of texts by a still marginalised figure in Australian literature- a writer who has always attracted critical attention but still continues to slip from view in contemporary discussions about identity, difference and otherness in Australian literary studies. In all only two of Langley's novels ever made it to publication: The Pea Pickers (1942), which shared the Prior Prize with two other novels, and White Topee (1954), which was published to much less acclaim. 'Wild Australia', the third novel in the series, was rejected by Angus and Robertson because it was felt to .be too difficult and too avant-garde in structure and content to attract any kind of readership. Part of Langley' s lack of favour, to be sure, is a result of the perceived 'taint' of auto/biographical 'excess' that has and continues to render many female novelists marginalised in all kinds of literary traditions.
Wilde Identifications : Queering the Sexual and the National in the Work of Eve Langley
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