Mythologies single work   criticism  
Issue Details: First known date: 2000 2000
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Focussing on foundational white narrative and mythology as created by and associated with settlers who came from Britain and Ireland, the article considers Australian historical narratives and their relevance to 'the persistence of racialised discourses', and discusses the legacy of colonialism in Australia as a settler society. Curthoys suggest that 'the emphasis in white Australian popular historical mythology on the settler as victim works against substantial acknowledgment and understanding of a colonial past and informs and inflames white racial discourse' (16). A wide range of literary examples are used to illustrate her argument.

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    y The Australian Legend and Its Discontents Richard Nile (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press API Network , 2000 Z1082535 2000 anthology criticism Collection of essays which explore the narrative construction of Australia and the storylines preferred by Australians when describing themselves and their nation; and examine how Australians figure in literature, film and TV, the visual arts, and daily conversation. St Lucia : University of Queensland Press API Network , 2000 pg. 11-41
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