Literary legacies: vanquishing images of the past

McNamara, Noela (2007) Literary legacies: vanquishing images of the past. International Journal of the Humanities, 5 (5). pp. 185-190.

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Abstract

In this paper I examine similarities and differences in representations of Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal life-world in three texts representative of a century of Australian literature. Katherine S Prichard's 'Coonardoo'(1929), and Patrick White's 'A Fringe of Leaves' (1976) are well established texts in literary courses nationally and internationally. 'A Secret River' by popular author Kate Grenville and winner of the Orange Award for Literature in 2006 exemplifies current trends within the Australian literary discourse. The paper questions whether there is any basis for the negative stereotypical representation of Aboriginal people as savage and primitive in light of historical and scientific evidence which recognises Aboriginal Australians as the oldest living culture on earth. Furthermore, it examines the effects on the Australian psyche of constantly engaging negative imagery of Aboriginal people.

Item ID: 2432
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: indigenous; representation; Australia; literature
ISSN: 1447-9559
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2009 07:18
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200524 Comparative Literature Studies @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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