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The Country of Lost Children : An Australian Anxiety - Peter Pierce

The Country of Lost Children

An Australian Anxiety

Paperback Published: 7th June 1999
ISBN: 9780521594998
Number Of Pages: 230

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The figure of the lost child has haunted the Australian imagination. Peter Pierce's original and sometimes shocking study The Country of Lost Children traces this ambivalent and disturbing history. In the nineteenth century the idea of losing one's child to a strange country reflected white settlers' distrust of their new land and its Aboriginal inhabitants. The book offers original insights into the passing of an opportunity for reconciliation between European and indigenous Australians. In the twentieth century the lost child continues to torment the national consciousness, but no longer as the bewildered wanderer in the bush. Instead the emblematic lost child of modern Australia is a victim of abuse, abandonment or abduction. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from poetry, fiction and newspaper reports to paintings and films, this book analyses the cultural and moral implications of the lost child in our history.

In the Nineteenth Century: Discovering the Lost Child: 1. The lost child introduced: Henry Kingsley's The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn
'Come let us sing of this fair child heroic': Jane Duff and her brothers
Alfred Boulter A Monument at Daylesford
Marcus Clarke's Lost Children
The Case of Clara Crosbie
Frederick McCubbin's Images of the Lost Child
Fairytales of the 1890s
The Bush Balladists'
Turn Mrs Praed and the Punishment of Mrs Tregaskiss
Henry Lawson and 'The Babies in the Bush'
Joseph Furphy's 'Perfect Young-Australian'
In the Twentieth Century: The Child Abandoned: In the theatre
In fiction
Book into film
True stories
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ISBN: 9780521594998
ISBN-10: 0521594995
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 7th June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.31