la brillante carriera delle scrittrici australiane

Women have always been at the heart (= al centro) of literary production in Australia: men were usually heavily involved (= pesantemente coinvolti) in the struggle for survival (= lotta per la sopravvivenza)  leaving the arts of reflection and consideration to their wives and families.
 In the 19thcentury middle class women started travelling the world trying to learn and leave their mark (= lasciare il loro segno) in arts and sciences.

Miles Franklin (1879 – 1954) began writing at the turn (= alla svolta) of the century under pseudonym usually significant shortened forms(= forme ridotte)  of their real names and  designed to (= designate) suggest a masculine identity.

My Brilliant Career (1901), is the story of Sybylla Melvyn, a girl with a powerful imagination, who lives in rural Australia in the 1890s. A series of misfortunes trouble(= una serie di sfortune danno problemi)  her family. Her father starts drinking  and she is sent to live on her grandmother’s property. Here she meets a young man who proposes her (= le chiede di sposarla) but she is convinced she is too ugly and masculine to be loved. Her family is in debts and she is sent to work as a governess for a quite illiterate family. Here she feels so uneasy (= così a disagio) that suffers from a physical breakdown (= malesseri fisici) and goes back home. Harry Beecham asks her again to marry him, but she thinks he would be unhappy with her and decide never to marry. She wish (= desidererebbe) she would be a writer…..but there are no suggestion in the book she will succeed (0 che riuscirà). 

When, in the 1960s and 1970s, the Australian film industry began its successful conquest of world cinemas, it was Richardson that offered the inspiration for the films.  My Brilliant Career , with the screenplay (= sceneggiatura) by Eleanor Witcombe,  was shot (= fu girato) by Gillian Armstrong in 1979 inAustralia