A Woman of the Future
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Glass Canoe|
|Followed by||City of Women|
On the announcement of the Miles Franklin Award win, The Canberra Times stated: " A Woman of the Future was rejected by Macmillans at first because it was too long and too complex or, as Mr Ireland put it yesterday, 'too incomprehensible' ". Following this, one of award judges, Emeritus Professor Colin Roderick, described the book as "literary sewage", and stated it was "a dreadful, sex-ridden fantasy, doomed to oblivion."
Writing in 1980 for Woroni, Andrea Mitchell noted a "different and more rewarding perspective on women in society" from the author. "In this novel Ireland has pinpointed the crisis of modern feminism by projecting it forward in one direction. Must feminism adjust to the mainstream of modern culture, training) girls up to become pseudo-men in order to compete for power and privilege in an unequal and vicious society — or can it work to undermine such qualities and recreate the world with a human face?"
Awards and nominations
- 1979 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
- 1980 joint winner The Age Book of the Year Award — Book of the Year
- 1980 commended New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards — Fiction
- 1981 highly commended National Book Council Award for Australian Literature
- Austlit - A Woman of the Future by David Ireland
- David Ireland, the great unknown
- Text Classics
- "Author's third Miles Franklin", The Canberra Times, 3 June 1980, p3
- "Award for 'sewage' ", The Canberra Times, 5 June 1980, p7
- "A Woman of the Future - a feminist review" by Andrea Mitchell, Woroni, 8 September 1980, p14
|Awards and achievements|
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