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In the Wake of First Contact : The Eliza Fraser Stories - Kay Schaffer

In the Wake of First Contact

The Eliza Fraser Stories

Paperback Published: 11th December 1995
ISBN: 9780521499200
Number Of Pages: 340

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Eliza Fraser was an English woman shipwrecked on the Australian coast in 1836, where she lived with an Aboriginal community until her rescue. The story of a 'civilised' white female being taken captive by 'savage' black men was both fascinating and repulsive. Images and narratives surrounding this notorious episode have proliferated from the 1830s to the present. Kay Schaffer looks at the various literary and artistic manifestations of Eliza Fraser as a fictional presence in Australian culture. Schaffer looks at the contemporary narratives, and at more recent representations of Mrs Fraser in film, in the art of Sidney Nolan, and the writing of Patrick White. The book uses these texts to examine historical discourses of colonialism, race, gender, and nation. This accessible and stimulating book promises to make an impressive contribution to women's studies, cultural studies, and Australian history.

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'... an influential contribution to current thinking on the part of Woman and women in meeting points of the ideological, the psychological and the political'. Australian Feminist Studies ' ... the very model of post-modernist writing ... Indeed, it could be set as a textbook for students to explore post-modernism.' Aboriginal History

List of illustrations
Her story/history: the many fates of Eliza Fraser
Eliza Fraser's story: texts and contexts
John Curtis and the politics of empire: The Shipwreck of the Stirling Castle
Policing the borders of civilisation: colonial man and his others
Cannibals: Western imaginings of the Aboriginal other
Modern reconstructions: Michael Alexander's history and Sidney Nolan's paintings
Patrick White's novel A Fringe of Leaves
A universal postcolonial myth?: representations beyond Australia - Gabriel Josipovici, Michael Ondaatje and Andre Brink
And now for the movie: popular accounts
Oppositional voices: contemporary politics and the Eliza Fraser story
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ISBN: 9780521499200
ISBN-10: 0521499208
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 11th December 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.5