Susan Lever, Real Relations: The Feminist Politics of Form in Australian Fiction. Melbourne: Halstead Press with the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2000. 173 pages. ISBN 1875684417 [Book Review]

2017-05-12T02:16:11Z (GMT) by Brigid Magner
"In literary critical circles, realist fiction is often - rightly or wrongly - aligned with conservatism. In this book Susan Lever aims to show us another, forgotten dimension to the Australian realist tradition. <i>Real Relations</i> challenges the prevalent assumption that realist writers speak for patriarchal liberalism and that only experimental writing explores feminist concerns. Instead Lever suggests that the distinction is not so clear-cut by pointing to several well known Australian women writers who were ‘realist experimenters’ trying to adapt traditional realism to the demands of their subjects."