Bush Studies

Bush Studies

Barbara Baynton

Short Stories / Cultural / Australia

Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism—for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Barbara Baynton's short-story collection presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it. The terror Baynton evokes,' Helen Garner writes in her introduction to the book, 'is elemental, sexual, unabashedly female.'The stories:A DreamerSqueaker’s MateScrammy ’AndBilly SkywonkieBush ChurchThe Chosen VesselBarbara Baynton was born in Scone, New South Wales. In the 1890s Baynton began writing short stories, poetry and articles for the Bulletin. Her first tale, 'The Tramp', was published in 1896. After failing to find an Australian publisher for her collection of short stories, she visited London and in 1902 Duckworth published Bush...
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