What are the major themes of women’s writing in Australia? Discuss with examples
However, one of the first female writers of this period to gain prominenice was Catherine Spence who migrated with her family from Scotland to South Australia. Jane Austen was a strong influence on her literary output. Her novels dealt with the problems of white female immigration.
She thus has the distinction of being the first woman novelist to write about Australia and the first to deal with women’s problems. Her first novel, Clara Morison, A tale of South Australia during the Gold, fever. discusses from a woman’s perspective the social, financial and moral issues of the time in Adelaide (Goodwin, 20-21).