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Issue Details: First known date: 2016 2016
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'Skin Deep looks at the preoccupations of European-Australians in their encounters with Aboriginal women and the tropes, types and perceptions that seeped into everyday settler-colonial thinking. Early erroneous and uninformed accounts of Aboriginal women and culture were repeated throughout various print forms and imagery, both in Australia in Europe, with names, dates and locations erased so that individual women came to be an anonymised as 'gins' and 'lubras'. Liz Conor identifies and traces the various tropes used to typecast Aboriginal women, contributing to their lasting hold on the colonial imagination even after conflicting records emerged.'

'The colonial archive itself, consisting largely of accounts by white men, is critiqued. Construction of Aboriginal women's gender and sexuality was a form of colonial control, and Conor shows how the industrialisation of print was critical to this control, emerging as it did alongside colonial expansion. For nearly all settlers, typecasting Aboriginal women through name-calling and repetition of tropes sufficed to evoke an understanding that was surface-based and half-knowing: only skin deep.' (Source: Publisher's website)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Language: English
    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2016 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 310p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography and index
      ISBN: 9781742588070

Works about this Work

Illicit Love by Ann McGrath and Skin Deep by Liz Conor: behind Black and White Cliches Lynette Russell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Skin Deep : Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women Liz Conor 2016 single work non-fiction
'... Complementary to McGrath's work and almost reading as a counter to it, Liz Conor's Skin Deep examines the preoccupations of European-Australians in their encounters with Aboriginal women. While negative images of Aboriginal people generally were common in the 19th century, Aboriginal women in particular were subjected to quite hideous representations. ...'
Illicit Love by Ann McGrath and Skin Deep by Liz Conor: behind Black and White Cliches Lynette Russell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Skin Deep : Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women Liz Conor 2016 single work non-fiction
'... Complementary to McGrath's work and almost reading as a counter to it, Liz Conor's Skin Deep examines the preoccupations of European-Australians in their encounters with Aboriginal women. While negative images of Aboriginal people generally were common in the 19th century, Aboriginal women in particular were subjected to quite hideous representations. ...'
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