Fallen Among Reformers

Miles Franklin, Modernity and the New Woman

Janet Lee

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Format: paperback
192 pages
ISBN: 9781743326886
Publication: 01 Jun 2020
Series: Sydney Studies in Australian Literature
Publisher: Sydney University Press

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‘Fallen Among Reformers’ focuses on Stella Miles Franklin’s New Woman protest literature written during her time in Chicago with the National Women’s Trade Union League (1906-1915). This time away from literary pursuits enriched Franklin’s literary productivity and provided a feminist social justice ethics, which shaped her writing.

Close readings of Franklin’s (mostly unpublished) short stories, plays, and novels contextualises them in the personal politics of her everyday life and historicises them in the socio-economic and literary realities of early twentieth-century Australia and United States: themes embedded in broader cultural patterns of socialism, pacifism, and feminism.

Janet Lee is Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.

Introduction: Such Destiny

Part I: Work

1 A Picture of Contemporary Existence

2 Like a Thunderstorm

Part II: Marriage

3 That Vexatious Failure

4 Her Boldest Throw

5 The Chicago Spinsters

Part III: Men

6 Moral Squalor

7 Courage and Confession

 Conclusion: A Rush and a Swing

 Works Cited


Lee’s approach to this task – the close reading of published and unpublished writings of Franklin – was a technical and time consuming one ... the effort has produced an excellent result. Students of Franklin, and of literature beyond her, will welcome this work on some of the important ideas that women writers were grappling with in the early 1900s.
Dr Rachel Franks   Dictionary of Sydney

'It is a labour of love ... [Lee] uses the biographical context meticulously, giving due credit to [biographer] Roe’s groundbreaking work.'
Susan Sheridan   Australian Book Review

Format: paperback
Size: 254 × 178 mm
192 pages
Copyright: © 2020
ISBN: 9781743326886
Publication: 01 Jun 2020
Series: Sydney Studies in Australian Literature