Fallen Among Reformers focuses on Stella Miles Franklin's New Woman protest literature written during her time in Chicago with the National Women's Trade Union League (1906-1915). This time away from literary pursuits enriched Franklin's literary productivity and provided a feminist social justice ethics, which shaped her writing.
Close readings of Franklin's (mostly unpublished) short stories, plays, and novels contextualises them in the personal politics of her everyday life and historicises them in the socio-economic and literary realities of early twentieth century Australia and United States: themes embedded in broader cultural patterns of socialism, pacifism, and feminism.
Sydney University Press
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Series: Sydney Studies in Australian Literature
02 June 2020
Introduction: Such Destiny Part I: Work 1 A Picture of Contemporary Existence 2 Like a Thunderstorm Part II: Marriage 3 That Vexatious Failure 4 Her Boldest Throw 5 The Chicago Spinsters Part III: Men 6 Moral Squalor 7 Courage and Confession Conclusion: A Rush and a Swing Works Cited
Reviews for Fallen Among Reformers: Miles Franklin, Modernity and the New Woman
'It is a labour of love ... [Lee] uses the biographical context meticulously, giving due credit to [biographer] Roe's groundbreaking work.' -- Susan Sheridan * Australian Book Review * Lee's approach to this task - the close reading of published and unpublished writings of Franklin - was a technical and time consuming one ... the effort has produced an excellent result. Students of Franklin, and of literature beyond her, will welcome this work on some of the important ideas that women writers were grappling with in the early 1900s. -- Dr Rachel Franks * Dictionary of Sydney *