The Bulletin and the Rise of Australian Literary Nationalism Criticism: The Myth Of The Bush - Essay

Judith Wright (essay date 1965)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wright, Judith. “The Growth and Meaning of ‘The Bush.’” In Preoccupations in Australian Poetry, pp. 45-56. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1965.

[In the following essay, Wright explains the origins of the symbolic dichotomy between the bush and the city in late nineteenth-century Australian poetry.]

[Henry] Kendall died in 1882, and with him died the nineteenth-century attempt to interpret this new country in ‘serious’ verse. [Charles] Harpur's adjuration to himself—‘Be then the Bard of thy country’—had been heard, beyond his own generation, by no one but Kendall; and Kendall's decision to take over the search for the Harp Australian had...

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Clement Semmler (essay date 1977)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Semmler, Clement. “‘Banjo’ Paterson and the Bush Tradition in the History of Australian Literature.” Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society 62, no. 4 (March 1977): 224-31.

[In the following essay, Semmler illuminates A. B. “Banjo” Paterson's integral contribution to the Australian bush verse tradition in the 1890s as one of the most prominent and popular Bulletin writers.]

Andrew Barton Paterson was born on 17 February 1864 at Narambla near Orange, in New South Wales. He died in Sydney in February 1941, just short of his seventy-seventh birthday. At the age when he was taking an active part in the social and literary life of this...

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Graeme Davison (essay date 1982)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Davison, Grame. “Sydney and the Bush: An Urban Context of the Australian Legend.” In Intruders in the Bush: The Australian Quest for Identity, edited by John Carroll, pp. 109-30. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1982.

[In the following essay, Davison provides the cultural context for the Australian legend of the bush, a myth consolidated by the mostly urban-dwelling writers of Sydney's Bulletin during the 1890s.]

‘It was I’, recalled Henry Lawson in his years of fame, ‘who insisted on the capital B for “Bush”’.1 Lawson, as it happened, was not the first writer to adopt the convention and his pursuit of the bush idea was only...

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Sue Rowley (essay date 1996)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Rowley, Susan. “Imagination, Madness, and Nation in Australian Bush Mythology.” In Text, Theory, Space: Land, Literature and History in South Africa and Australia, edited by Kate Dorian-Smith, Liz Gunner, and Sarah Nuttall, pp. 131-44. London: Routledge, 1996.

[In the following essay, Rowley affirms the “imaginative formation of Australian national culture” by the late nineteenth-century writers who employed the images and themes of bush mythology in their works.]

Recent theories of nationalism and national culture and identity have emphasised the active role of the imagination in the formation of nations. Benedict Anderson's most influential and...

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