‘Astir with Great Things’: The Early Life of Katharine Susannah Prichard

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"'Astir With Great Things'" is a biography of the early life to 1919 of Katharine Susannah Prichard (1883-1969), an Australian writer and political activist. Critically engaging with Prichard's autobiography, Child of the Hurricane, the thesis builds a fuller account of her early life with archival material. The thesis narrates Prichard's literary development and the writing of The Pioneers and Black Opal. Exploring Prichard's political radicalisation against the backdrop of World War One, the thesis also considers the intertwining of Prichard's personal life with writing and politics, including the effects of her father's suicide and her brother's death in the war.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Hughes-D'Aeth, Tony, Supervisor
  • Ikin, Van, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date15 Nov 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 19/11/2019 to 19/11/2021. Made publicly available on 19/11/2021.


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