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Title Frontier skirmishes : literary and cultural debates in Australia after 1992 / edited by Russell West-Pavlov, Jennifer Wawrzinek
Published Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag Winter GmbH Heidelberg, [2010]


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 MELB  827.640355 W5196/F  AVAILABLE
Description 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Series Anglistische Forschungen ; Bd 409
Anglistische Forschungen ; v. 409
Contents Introduction: Frontier wars, history wars, word wars / Russell West-Pavlov -- pt. 1. Preliminaries. Historical controversies and the history wars in Australia / Bain Attwood -- National narratives and local impacts: the legacy of the Australian history wars in Tasmania / James Boyce -- Apologies, agency and resilience / Kim Scott -- pt. 2. Concepts. Don McLeod's law: the genesis of the aboriginal concept of the strike / Stephen Muecke -- Fencing in the frontier / Russell West-Pavlov -- The scene of the crime / Christopher Kelen -- pt. 3. Representing the frontier. 'How do you plead?': guilt, responsibility and reconciliation on the frontier in Rolf de Heer's The tracker (2002) / Sarah Pinto -- Frontier violence and the power of the 'sacred': Alex Miller's Journey to the stone country and Landscape of farewell / Rebecca Dorgelo -- 'The myth of settlement': grey nomads, Papunya Tula and frontier violence in Pat Jacobs' Going inland / Frances Devlin-Glass -- History: the much less than final frontier, and the story of Thea Astley's short stories in It's raining in Mango / Victoria Kuttainen -- 'This is how I'm sorry': witnessing the frontier in contemporary Australian historical writing / Kelly Jean Butler -- Bearing witness: memory and decreation in Kim Mahood's Craft for a dry lake / Jennifer Wawrzinek -- 'All are implicated': violence and accountability in Sam Watson's The Kadaitcha Sung and Alexis Wright's Plains of promise / Kate Hall -- pt. 4. White aborigines. Re-imagining Australian modernity: performative and non-performative indigenisation in three white Australian cultural texts / Adam Gall -- Telling tales about crossing borders: David Malouf, Germaine Greer, and the reception of Remembering Babylon / Peter Otto -- The black-white man in Mudrooroo's The Kwinkan / Maureen Clark -- pt. 5. Pedagogy, medicine and the law. Rediscovering Carrolup / Tony Hughes-d'Aeth -- Teaching the frontier: shifting narratives and cultural boundaries in 1990s school textbooks / Alexandra Sauvage -- The albino and the storyteller: eugenics and the best of intentions in 1930s Darwin / Stephen Gray -- Epilogue: the national apology to the stolen generations and the frontier of indigenous alterity / A. Dirk Moses -- Contributors
Summary "The frontier has been the central metaphorical figure governing discursive configurations in the last two decades in Australia. The cultural landscape since the Australian High Court's 'Mabo' decision of 1992 has been increasingly openly defined as a site of animosity and hostility. Frontiers, both real and imagined, past and present, continue to haunt the cultural landscape of Australia. This volume explores a range of paraliterary and literary discussion of recent years which can be interpreted as displacements into the cultural realm of erstwhile frontier conflicts along the borders of white colonial settlement. The collection gathers together a distinguished group of scholars and writers from Australia, Europe and Asia to investigate the dual manifestations of frontiers - both genuinely historiographical and more broadly metaphorical - in the cultural debates taking place in the Australian public sphere from the early 1990s onwards. Long since terminated as real armed conflicts, these past skirmishes none the less continue to resonate in the consciousness of white Australia, leaving their mark upon literary texts, films, artworks, and public discourse."--Back cover
Notes Pages 17-32 are misprinted upside-down and in reverse order
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Australian literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Culture conflict -- Australia -- History -- 19th century.
Culture conflict -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Frontier and pioneer life in literature.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia.
Literature and society -- Australia -- History -- 19th century.
Historiography -- Australia.
Literature and society -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Australia -- History -- Study and teaching.
Author Wawrzinek, Jennifer.
West-Pavlov, Russell, 1964-
LC no. 2011402027
ISBN 3825357619
Other Titles Literary and cultural debates in Australia after 1992