Bush Studies

Bush Studies Barbara Baynton
  • Title: Bush Studies
  • Author: Barbara Baynton
  • ISBN: 9781922079497
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bush Studies Barbara Baynton Bush Studies Introduction by Helen GarnerBarbara Baynton s short story collection Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism for not romanticising bush life instead showing all its bleakness and harshness Econo
    Introduction by Helen GarnerBarbara Baynton s short story collection Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth century Russian novelists, Baynton presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it The tIntroduction by Helen GarnerBarbara Baynton s short story collection Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth century Russian novelists, Baynton presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it The terror Baynton evokes, Helen Garner writes in her introduction to the book, is elemental, sexual, unabashedly female.
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    1. A set of tales written in the late 1890s on life in the Australian bush They focus on the harsh and unforgiving lives of various women Loneliness, isolation, dangers from the elements and danger from men The writing is a bit mixed from very good to a bit below par But overall it is a classic of Australian early literature.

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    2. Reading the reviews on this page it is evident that Bush Studies suffers somewhat from the curse of being a set text, perhaps even a weapon in a literary studies debate a female alternative to the very male world of Australian bush writing, as exemplified by Henry Lawson It certainly fulfils this role well it seems that Baynton herself saw the book partly in those terms but it would be a shame if this detracted from its intrinsic worth I think the book is best described by its title It is a set [...]

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    3. First published in 1902, Bush Studies is a collection of short stories set in the Australian outback of her day While the stories certainly convey the harsh conditions, I felt that Baynton made scathing commentary on the harsh, crude and vulgar behaviour particularly of the men, and particularly toward women.I found Scrammy And and The Chosen Vessel to be especially compelling, and if I taught high school literature would want to include them in my curriculum, regardless of where I was teaching. [...]

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    4. Apart from A Dreamer and The Chosen Vessel I found the stories quite hard to get into and slow moving When the description of the outback is good it is really good with lots of lively imagery, but Baynton got a little bit carried away in places, both with that and the use of commas.

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    5. A mention in McSweeney s got me to find a copy of Bush Studies, a founding classic of Australian Literature, though I d probably heard it mentioned once or twice in my life I m glad I followed up, because, while these stories are a form of torture, I am historically interested in fiction of this period And I m glad because these are strong pieces.Poe was one of her admitted influences, and that s clear but these aren t supernatural stories The ominousness and approach reminds me of Stephen Crane [...]

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    6. I m struggling to decide what I think On the one hand, it s a collection of stories that show the impact the bush can have on different types of people on the other, it s a testament to the lucky few who really learn what the bush is and means Overall, it s a fairly black collection of tales in which women and nature seem to do battle and men just get in the way.

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    7. Huh These were fascinating mostly character studies of fragile people living in poverty and isolation Most were women, but one study concerned an elderly man awaiting the return of the young couple who lived with or near him his ruminations on the younger man s betrayal of him by taking a wife interwoven with and marked unreliable by his acute fear of the stranger he expected to soon assault him I was least interested by a study of a rural preacher, and by one of a city woman travelling to becom [...]

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    8. The stories in this collection are quite uneven All deal with the hardships of living in the Australian bush during the 1800 s but some stories are wonderful and others difficult to read.The collection is worth picking up just for the first and last stories They are atmospheric, beautifully evoked stories that have you gripped from the very beginning.Perhaps you should skip a few of the ones in the middle though by trying to capture the dialogue and sound of the characters, much of the dialogue [...]

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    9. This book of short stories has been sitting on my shelf for some years now Introductions are peculiar things, sometimes I enjoy them and sometimes not This one I found to be too long and didn t finish it because it was giving too much away.I read the first two stories and found them hauntingly realistic but I couldn t manage to get into the others I started each one and struggled either due to the written form of spoken language or lack of interest I feel it was a question of timing, I was simp [...]

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    10. Memorable Quotes her heart gave a bound of savage rapture in thus giving the sweat of her body for the sin of her soul The daughter parted the curtains, and the light fell on the face of the sleeper who would dream no dreams that night Ned, over, had tried to force his example on the male community by impressing upon them his philosophy, that it was the proper thing to hit a woman every time you met her, since she must either be coming from mischief or going to it.

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    11. This book was provided for review by Sydney University Press, and I read it for the Classics Challenge Published in 1902, it presents a feminist perspective about 19th century Australian bush life and although aspects of it are a bit quaint, it s interesting to read To see my review, see anzlitlovers.wordpress 200Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers

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    12. Quite bleak and creepy stories, she manages to build up suspense without dramatics The overlying theme of Australia s bleak bushland and the lack of hope in the people is strong Some humour in the presentation of some typical bush characters

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    13. So precise, so complete, with such insight into detail and such force of statement, it ranks with the masterpieces of realism in any language Bulletin

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    14. gruff unsympathetic stories about seedy drunkards and hard faced desert louts Australians

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    15. Some of the stories were a little hard to get into, especially when characters started talking all straya like That said, others were quite good, so it balanced out A grim, creepy collection.

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    16. I enjoyed Chosen Vessel and A dreamer the most out of the short stories Baynton writes in a very blunt and eyeopening way Very interesting perspective of males and females in Australia.

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    17. The final story was by far the best, but overall I m incredibly disappointed in this collection.

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    18. I ve only read The Chosen Vessel, but I have to say I REALLY liked it, the intertextuality of the work and all the symbolysm Baynton was truly a master in her time.

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    19. Essential reading for lovers of Australian literature The Chosen Vessel is one of the greatest bush stories ever told Makes Henry Lawson look pedestrian.

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