D'Arcens, Louise, 2003, Antipodean Idylls: An Early Australian Translation of Tennyson's Medievalism, Postcolonial Moves: Medieval Through Modern, New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 237-256.
For the Reverend John Woolley, Tennyson's land of Doorm provided an irresistible exemplum for discussing the drawbacks of life in colonial Sydney. The physical parallels were obvious: like Sydney, Doorm's realm languished, dust-covered, under a "blistering sun." Socially, it was a "realm of lawless turbulence," whose population of brawny, bestial men and listless, resentful women called to Woolley's mind the colonial communities he occasionally encountered in his role as public educator. Perhaps most crucial, however, was the fact that for Tennyson's Enid and Geraint this land, like the Australian colonies, was a place of exile, far from the refined society of Camelot.