Christina Stead and the Matter of America by Fiona Morrison

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419
Anne Pender reviews 'Christina Stead and the Matter of America' by Fiona Morrison

Christina Stead and the Matter of America

by Fiona Morrison

Sydney University Press, $45 pb, 186 pp

Christina Stead and the Matter of America by Fiona Morrison

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419

In spite of the hundreds of scholarly articles, dozens of monographs, and two biographies on the life and work of Christina Stead (1902–83), critics, curiously, have not generally sought to divide up Stead’s career into her Australian, European, and American periods for the purposes of their analysis. Most of them have regarded her career as more integrated, recognising the fact that Stead responded to all the places in which she lived and that her interest in the people around her drove her approach to her work, informed her settings, and nourished her understanding of ideology and its impact on human behaviour. In this compact study of five of Stead’s novels, Fiona Morrison seeks to explore Stead’s particular interest in American politics and culture and their specific influence on her writing.

Anne Pender reviews 'Christina Stead and the Matter of America' by Fiona Morrison

Christina Stead and the Matter of America

by Fiona Morrison

Sydney University Press, $45 pb, 186 pp

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