A socialist in the family: Constance mackness's the blossom children, 1927.

MacIntyre, P 2010, 'A socialist in the family: Constance mackness's the blossom children, 1927.', New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, vol. 16, pp. 92-111.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title A socialist in the family: Constance mackness's the blossom children, 1927.
Author(s) MacIntyre, P
Year 2010
Journal name New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship
Volume number 16
Start page 92
End page 111
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In this article I examine a non-canonical Australian children's story, Constance Mackness's The Blossom Children (1927) within the genre of the family story written by women. I argue that this narrative, which is set in 1917 during the Great War, presents the domestic female sphere of the family and corresponding values of compromise, negotiation, and inclusion on a small scale, as a critique of the bellicose wider social order and as a metaphor for an ideal society. An additional, distinctive element is added to the family story through Mackness's protagonist, a thirteen-year-old female "socialist," Pan, who represents a particularly vigorous example of girlness in her embodiment of Mackness's feminine philosophies
Subject Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Keyword(s) Australian children's literature
family story
feminist historicism
girlness
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13614541.2010.545604
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ISSN 1361-4541
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