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Scholarly Musings: Children’s Literature in 19th Century Australia

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Sydney, NSW 2000

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Children’s Literature in 19th Century Australia

With Anne Jamison


What we read as children often has a powerful and formative influence on our sense of self as adults, as well as our sense of place in the world. This talk takes as an example Australian writer and social reformer Catherine Helen Spence (1825–1910), and her short fiction for children, serialised in newspapers and national school magazines in South Australia. How did the children’s literary culture to which Spence contributed encourage and shape the formulation of national, moral and social character in 19th century Australia? Anne Jamison is Lecturer in Literary Studies at Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on British, Irish and Australian 19th century literature with a particular focus on women’s writing.

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