Christina Stead and the Matter of America

Fiona Morrison

This is the first critical study to focus on Stead’s time in America and its influence on her writing. Morrison argues compellingly that Stead’s American novels “reveal the work of the greatest political woman writer of the mid twentieth century”, and that Stead’s account of American ideology and national identity remains extraordinarily prescient, even today.

It will make you want to read Stead’s American novels – whether again, or for the first time. It is immensely readable, packed with juicy passages and incisive observations, responding to the energy and fearsome intellect of Stead’s work.

- Dr Brigid Rooney mETAphor

Literary studies

Fiona Morrison

Fiona Morrison is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of New South Wales. Her books include Masters in Pieces: The English Canon for the Twenty-First Century (with Michael Parker) and, as editor, Dorothy Hewett: Selected Prose.

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