Figures from the Past: Sargeson's Wandering Men and the Limits of Nationalism

  • Philip Steer

Abstract

Frank Sargeson's repositioning of Henry Lawson as a 'colonial' writer, away from the more familiar categories of nationalism and realism, offers a provocation for re-considering his own short fiction. In taking up that challenge, this essay diverges from recent attempts to trouble the periodization of writing from the 1930s and 40s: rather than arguing that the concerns of cultural nationalism were anticipated in the nineteenth-century, it will make the case that colonial literary forms and cultural formations persist in some of the most familiar works of that later period.

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Published
2013-01-24
How to Cite
STEER, Philip. Figures from the Past: Sargeson's Wandering Men and the Limits of Nationalism. The Journal of New Zealand Studies, [S.l.], n. 13, jan. 2013. ISSN 2324-3740. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/jnzs/article/view/1187>. Date accessed: 02 july 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/jnzs.v0i13.1187.