The troublesome Modern Girl: Jungfrau, national literature, and the vexations of transnational modernity

Lippmann, Jilly, and Kuttainen, Victoria (2019) The troublesome Modern Girl: Jungfrau, national literature, and the vexations of transnational modernity. The Space Between, 15.

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Abstract

This article examines the presence of the Modern Girl in interwar literary culture and raises questions about the relative absence of the figure, so thoroughly associated with the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, in literary history and literature scholarship. Through an analysis of the characterisation of the Modern Girl in Australian writer Dymphna Cusack's 1936 novel Jungfrau and a discussion of the novel's reception history, it raises questions about the relationship between projects of national literature, colonial modernity, urbanisation, and transnationalism which the figure of the Modern Girl may have problematised.

Item ID: 55837
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1551-9309
Keywords: Modern Girl, Flapper, Bright Young Thing, Colonial Modernity, National Literature
Copyright Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Funders: Margaret and Colin Roderick
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 23:22
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470502 Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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