The genesis of Thea Astley's The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow

Taylor, Cheryl (2021) The genesis of Thea Astley's The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow. Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 21 (1).

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A work of traditional scholarship rather than of literary criticism, this essay discusses the Thea Astley novel that relies most heavily on sources, including black and white histories, biographies, language dictionaries, and news reports. It demonstrates the obscurity and diversity of the sources on which Astley drew, and the creativity of her responses to their political, religious and racial assumptions. It seeks to understand something of Astley's creative processes, and to define their limits.

Item ID: 67439
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1833-6027
Keywords: Palm Island; Thea Astley; Multiple Effects of Rainshadow; Indigenous; Bwgcolman; Robert Curry; Doebin; Peter Prior; Henry Reynolds; Gribble; Kuku-Yalanji; Wulgurukaba
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Date Deposited: 05 May 2022 06:44
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