The Bulletin and the Rise of Australian Literary Nationalism Criticism: The Bulletin Style - Essay

Ken Levis (essay date 1950)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Levis, Ken. “The Role of the Bulletin in Indigenous Short-Story Writing During the Eighties and Nineties.” In The Australian Nationalists: Modern Critical Essays, edited by Chris Wallace-Crabbe, pp. 45-57. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1971.

[In the following essay, originally published in 1950, Levis discusses the opportunity provided by the Bulletin to Australian short fiction writers concerned with depicting Australia and its people.]

The greatest force in the development of indigenous short-story writing was the Sydney Bulletin, which provided a stimulus, developed an attitude of mind, stood firmly by its writers and supplied...

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Adrian Mitchell (essay date 1981)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Mitchell, Adrian. “Fiction.” In The Oxford History of Australian Literature, edited by Leonie Kramer, pp. 27-172. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1981.

[In the following excerpt, Mitchell points to the major Australian fiction writers of the 1890s typically associated with the Bulletin—particularly Henry Lawson and Joseph Furphy.]

In most views of Australian literary history, the Bulletin is the exclusive forum for the new realism, the spawning ground for a new authentic Australian Literature. The antagonism of the realist towards romance was not just a formal objection, but a reflection of ardent nationalism that welled up as Australia...

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Doug Jarvis (essay date 1983)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Jarvis, Doug. “Lawson, the Bulletin and the Short Story.” Australian Literary Studies 11, no. 1 (May 1983): 58-66.

[In the following essay, Jarvis evaluates the fictional techniques favored by the Bulletin in the 1890s.]

The importance of the Bulletin in the emergence of a national literary tradition in the last decades of the nineteenth century is generally recognised, but precisely how it carried out this role is only vaguely defined. The Bulletin of the early 1880s shows scant evidence, as Ken Levis points out in ‘The Role of the Bulletin in Indigenous Short Story Writing During the Eighties and Nineties’, of being...

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