The land and its people : Lawson and Furphy

McLaren, John (1978) The land and its people : Lawson and Furphy. In: The dream and the reality. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


Contains the third chapter of The Dream and the Reality, an unpublished literary work by John McLaren on the study of the realist tradition in Australian fiction. The purpose of McLaren’s study is to explore the attitude of Australians to their country which has always been ambiguous and show how some Australian fiction writers reacted to this particular experience and environment, how they have treated the dream and how they have dealt with reality. In this chapter McLaren reviews the literary works of Henry Lawson and Joseph Furphy. With Lawson and Furphy the central imaginative encounter with Australia becomes the bushman, seen against the background of a land which sometimes offers promise, but which is characteristically hostile. Neither of them is unconcerned with the social system existing in the country, but this system is seen through the eyes of their bush workers rather than being the major subject.

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Date is approximate. The third chapter of The Dream and the Reality covers pages 72-113. Table of contents of The Dream and the Reality is available at

Item type Book Section
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Current > Collections > McLaren Papers
Keywords Australian literature, literary realism, fiction, novels, bushmen, mateship, MCLAREN-BOXB15-DOC5
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