Randolph the Reckless: explorations In Australian masculine identity, 1889-1941

Taylor, Cheryl (2000) Randolph the Reckless: explorations In Australian masculine identity, 1889-1941. In: Australian Writing and the City: refereed proceedings of the 1999 conference. pp. 38-45. From: 1999 Conference of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2-6 July 1999, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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[Extract] H M. Green remarked that Randolph Bedford was almost as representative of the Australia of his day as Lawson or Furphy or Paterson (706). It is certainly the case that from the publication of his earliest Bulletin story in 1889 until his death in July 1941, Bedford was constantly before the eyes of the Australian reading public. In this essay I argue the view that he principally offered his contemporaries a paradigm for Australian masculinity. The paradigm operated in the areas of male with male and male with female relationships, as well as in the political and financial spheres. Green's sense of Bedford as a writer of the 1890s can be supported, since it was in this decade and during Federation that his influence was paramount and most original. He offered extreme or expanded versions of masculine gender norms, sometimes resisting and at other times anticipating innovation. Aspects of the Bedford model persist in current concepts of Australian masculinity.

Item ID: 14544
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9587121-5-6
Keywords: Australian literature; gender issues
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 01:45
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