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dc.contributor.authorMcKay, Belinda
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:33:32Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:33:32Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.issn13218166
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/qre.2014.7
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/66134
dc.description.abstractThis paper reveals that Ellerton Gay, who in the 1890s published four novels about life in Australia, was the pseudonym of Emma Watts Grimes n饠Allen (1846-1921). Watts Grimes's trajectory from orphaned English migrant, to the wife of successful Toowoomba businessman, and - after her return to England in middle age - to a modestly successful writer demonstrates the transformative possibilities for women of migration to the colonies. She wrote not from economic necessity, but - on the internal evidence of the novels - as a woman whose colonial experience contributed to, rather than detracted from, her sense of herself as cultured, modern and cosmopolitan. The intersection of the pseudonymous and biographical identities is of particular interest because Ellerton Gay draws on the life experiences of her creator to flesh out the conventions of the romance genre in two settings, turn of the century England and nineteenth century Australia. Ellerton Gay's shorter fiction, which offers a humorous commentary on the English marriage market of the 1890s, is rather slight and conventional. Her four novels, however, contribute to the reinterpretation of Australia's colonial past and the imagining of its future by showing that individual empowerment and social cohesion can only be achieved by embracing new moral and social codes. While Ellerton Gay will not displace Rosa Praed as the leading woman writer to emerge from colonial Queensland, the revelation of her identity solves a minor mystery, and thickens the texture of Queensland's cultural history.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
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dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom49
dc.relation.ispartofpageto61
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalQueensland Review
dc.relation.ispartofvolume21
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAustralian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHistorical Studies
dc.subject.fieldofresearchOther History and Archaeology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHistory and Philosophy of Specific Fields
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode200502
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2103
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2202
dc.title"What's in a name?" The mystery of Ellerton Gay
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
gro.rights.copyright© The Author(s) 2014. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 3.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/) which permits unrestricted distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
gro.date.issued2015-05-06T03:05:33Z
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gro.griffith.authorMcKay, Belinda J.


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