The Colonial Journals: and the emergence of Australian literary culture

The Colonial Journals: and the emergence of Australian literary culture

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Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver


Colonial Australia produced a vast number of journals and magazines that helped to create an exuberant literary landscape. They were filled with lively contributions by many of the key writers and provocateurs of the day – and of the future. Writers such as Marcus Clarke, Rolf Boldrewood, Ethel Turner and Katharine Susannah Prichard published for the first time in these journals.

In The Colonial Journals, Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver present a fascinating selection of material: a miscellany of content that enabled the ‘free play of intellect’ to thrive and, matched with wry visual design, made attractive artifacts that demonstrate the role this period played in the growth of an Australian literary culture.

The Colonial Journals also includes 50 colour image plates of the journal covers, including Colonial Monthly, Australian Women’s Magazine and Domestic Journal, Sydney Quarterly Magazine, Cosmos, Bulletin, and New Idea for Australian Women.


Praise for The Colonial Journals:

Rachael Weaver and Ken Gelder have trawled through the archives of colonial Australia’s journals to reproduce articles, stories, poems and editorials documenting the emergence of Australia’s literary culture…anyone who reads contemporary Australian literature – or, even more so, devours local literary journals – or has an interest in history, will find this book illuminating. ★★★★

Book details
FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 440 pages
SIZE: 254 x 203 mm
ISBN: 9781742584973
CATEGORY: Australian StudiesKen GelderRachael Weaver,