Southerly 67.1

Elizabeth Webby


Professor Elizabeth Webby’s contribution to Australian literary studies is by now well recognised. She has helped reclaim modes of writing that might once have been considered unsuitable for serious academic attention, such as melodrama and newspaper journalism. She has helped produce scholarly editions of Australian classics, including her Academy Edition of Robbery Under Arms. This issue is, then, a tribute to a brilliant career, one that didn’t go bung. There are contributions from academic colleagues, many of them grateful ex-students. There are contributions from senior writers who remain grateful for the encouragement Elizabeth gave them over the years. There are contributions from younger writers who were spotted by her in her final years as editor of Southerly.


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