Melinda Cooper is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Sydney. Her research project examines Eleanor Dark’s writing in terms of its engagement with global modernism, settler nationalism, and vernacular and middlebrow cultures. Melinda teaches in the field of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney.
University of Sydney
This essay uses the interwar writing of Eleanor Dark to destabilise the binary between nationalist-realism and experimental modernism in accounts of Australian literature. Dark’s novels mix modernist and experimental styles with middlebrow and vernacular forms, while also legitimating settler nationalist…