Christina Stead and the Matter of America

Sydney University Press
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Although Christina Stead is best known for the mid-century masterpiece set in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, The Man Who Loved Children, it was not her only work about the America. Five of Christina Stead’s mid-career novels deal with the United States, capturing and critiquing American life with characteristic sharpness and originality.


In this examination of Stead’s American work, Fiona Morrison explores Stead’s profound engagement with American politics and culture and their influence on her “restlessly experimental” style. Through the turbulent political and artistic debates of the 1930s, the Second World War, and the emergence of McCarthyism, the “matter” of America provoked Stead to continue to create new ways of writing about politics, gender and modernity.


This is the first critical study to focus on Stead’s time in America and its influence on her writing. Morrison argues compellingly that Stead’s American novels “reveal the work of the greatest political woman writer of the mid twentieth century”, and that Stead’s account of American ideology and national identity remains extraordinarily prescient, even today.

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Fiona Morrison is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of New South Wales. Her books include Masters in Pieces: The English Canon for the Twenty-First Century (with Michael Parker) and, as editor, Dorothy Hewett: Selected Prose. She is the non-fiction editor of Southerly and Vice President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

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Sydney University Press
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Published on
Oct 1, 2019
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Pages
196
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ISBN
9781743324509
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English
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Literary Criticism / Australian & Oceanian
Literary Criticism / General
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