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Resources for Teachers and Students

These selected resources will give you additional background and information about a variety of topics, including Australia, Jill Ker Conway, and the coming-of-age genre.

Web Sites


Encyclopedia Entry on Australia
For students who need a place to start, this online encyclopedia offers short entries on the land, people, economics, history, and government of Australia, plus links to maps, a bibliography, and other useful Web sites.

Guide to Australia
This site provides links to hundreds of Web sites on Australian history, culture, education, government, and the environment.

Australian History Links
With specific links to all periods and major themes of Australian history, this Web site allows a browser to explore by region or topic and connects to sites both general and arcane.

Contemporary Australian Sheep Stations
A series of in-depth articles from Outback magazine about the life and challenges of running sheep stations in Australia today.

Jill Ker Conway

Jill Ker Conway: An Overview
This site contains a short biography, a bibliography, links to other sites about Ker Conway, a description of The Road from Coorain, and comments on the British influence on Australia.

Teacher's Guide, The Road from Coorain
Discussion questions and suggested research projects are provided.

The First Chapter of When Memory Speaks
This site provides the first chapter of Jill Ker Conway's scholarly work about autobiography, When Memory Speaks.

Speech, "The Uses of Autobiography"
Visitors to this site can hear a speech Jill Ker Conway gave in 2001 on "The Uses of Autobiography."

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Books by or edited by Jill Ker Conway
(in order of publication date)
A Woman's Education. New York: Knopf, 2001.
In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. New York: Knopf, 1999.
When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography. New York: Knopf, 1998.
Written by Herself, Volumes I and II. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.
True North: A Memoir. New York: Knopf, 1994.
The Politics of Women's Education. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1993.
The Road from Coorain. Knopf, 1989.
Learning about Women. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1989.
The First Generation of American Women Graduates. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1987.
The Female Experience in 18th and 19th Century America: A Guide to the History of American Women. New York: Garland Publishing, 1982.
Utopian Dream or Dystopian Nightmare? Nineteenth-Century Feminist Ideas about Equality. American Antiquarian Society, 1982.

Works about Jill Ker Conway
Heron, Kim. "Importance of Work for Women." The New York Times Book Review, May 7, 1989.
Klinkenborg, Verlyn. "The Call of the Wind and the Kookaburra." The New York Times Book Review, May 7, 1989.
Lever, Richard, James Wieland, and Scott Findlay. Post-Colonial Literatures in English: Australia, 1970-1992. New York: G.K. Hall & Co., 1996.

Works about writing and memoir
Bateson, Mary Catherine. Composing a Life. New York: Penguin, 1989.
Heilbrun, Carolyn. Writing a Woman's Life. New York: Norton, 1988.
King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
McDonnel, Jane Taylor. Living to Tell the Tale. New York: Penguin Putnam, 1998.
Ueland, Brenda. If You Want to Write. St. Paul: Graywolf Press, 1987.
Zinsser, William, ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987.

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