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Type: Thesis
Title: Here where we live: the evolution of contemporary white Australian writers’ responses to white settler status.
Author: Flanagan Willanski, Cassie
Issue Date: 2012
School/Discipline: School of Humanities
Abstract: It is proposed that Australians of white settler heritage writing on the subject of Indigenous Australians in the period from the early 20th Century to the present day take a combination of three common approaches. The “haunted”, “contemporary representations” and “stepping back” approaches represent an evolving attitude in contemporary white Australian writing on Indigenous themes. This evolution occurs in a rough chronological order, however within this chronology the writing may exhibit a fluidity, moving back and forth between the three approaches. Texts by Patrick White and Judith Wright are used as primary examples of the three approaches, with secondary examples given from a range of contemporary white Australian writers. The evolution of Indigenous Australian writing is discussed within the “stepping back” approach. Parallels are drawn between the evolution of white and Indigenous Australian writing on Indigenous themes, with the argument that Indigenous writing displays both the “haunted” and “contemporary representations” approaches. The final approach for Indigenous Australian writers, however, is the “stepping forward” approach. The poetry of Kath Walker/Oodgeroo Noonuccal is the principal example given to illustrate this section, with additional commentary on a range of contemporary Indigenous Australian writing. Examples of the three approaches’ influence on the creative component of this thesis are discussed throughout the exegesis.
Advisor: Castro, Brian
Jones, Jill
Dissertation Note: Thesis (M.A.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Humanities, 2012
Keywords: short stories; fiction; Australia; South Australia; Indigenous; environment; place; whiteness; Patrick White; Judith Wright; Oodgeroo Noonuccal; white settler; writers
Provenance: [Pt. 1 Exegesis]: The evolution of contemporary white Australian writers’ responses to white settler status : an exegesis accompanying the novel Here where we live -- [Pt. 2 Novel] Here where we Live
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