Tropical island transformations: an introduction to literature associated with Queensland's northern islands

Taylor, Cheryl (2005) Tropical island transformations: an introduction to literature associated with Queensland's northern islands. In: UNSPECIFIED, pp. 1-16. From: Public Lecture: Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University, October 2005, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The paper delineates successive reinscriptions by Europeans that followed the original inscribing by Aborigines and Islanders of islands lying near the tropical Queensland coast. It traces recurrent themes in the literature that records these succesive over-writings, including Jean Devanny's unpublished travelogue, The Island and Kay Donovan's novel, Bush Oranges (Magnetic Island); E. J. Banfield's The Confessions of a Beachcomber and Dorothy Cottrell's The Singing Gold (Dunk Island); Rosaleen Love's Reefscape (Nymph Island); Thea Astley's The Genteel Poverty Bus Company (Whitsunday Islands); and tales of shipwreck and island adventure like Ion Idriess's Madman's Island, which usually present the islands as dystopias. Finally, the paper surveys novels that focus on the islands' ethnic mixtures,such as Terri Janke's Butterfly Song (Thursday Island), and Astley's The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow (Palm Island).

Item ID: 17193
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
Keywords: tropical island; Queensland; Astley; Cottrell; Banfield; Devanny; Kay; Donovan; Janke; Idriess
Funders: James Cook University Merit Research Grant (2004), James Cook University Teaching Relief Award (2004)
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2011 02:49
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 90%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature @ 10%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 60%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 40%
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