Aboriginal Gothic single work   criticism  
Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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In this essay, Althans ‘treats the Gothic as being a mode which continues to endow genres with a certain set of menacing stock elements and unstable characteristics of which the interrogation of boundaries, binaries, and identity are particularly useful in an Aboriginal Australian context’. (p.11-12)

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    y Darkness Subverted : Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film Katrin Althans , Goettingen : Bonn University Press , 2010 Z1796030 2010 multi chapter work criticism 'At the heart of the Gothic novel proper lies the discursive binary of self and other, which in colonial literature was quickly filled with representations of the colonial master and his indigenous subject. Contemporary black Australian artists have usurped this colonial Gothic discourse, torn it to pieces, and finally transformed it into an Aboriginal Gothic. This study first develops the theoretical concept of an Aboriginal Gothic and then uses this term as a tool to analyse novels by Vivienne Cleven, Mudrooroo, Kim Scott, Sam Watson, and Alexis Wright as well as films directed by Beck Cole and Tracey Moffatt. It centres on the question of how a genuinely European mode, the Gothic, can be permeated and thus digested by elements of indigenous Australian culture in order to portray the current situation of Aboriginal Australians and to celebrate a recovered cultural identity.' (Publisher's blurb)
    Contents include:
    • Aboriginal Gothic
    • Aboriginal Appropriations
    • Re-Biting the Canon: Mudrooroo's Vampire Trilogy
    • De-Composing the Epic: Sam Watson's The Kadaithcha Sung
    • Un-Singing Historiography: Kim Scott's Benang
    • Con-Juring the Phantom: Spectral Memories
    • Trans-Muting Cinema: Tracey Moffatt's Films
    • Conclusion: Creation in Resistance
    Goettingen : Bonn University Press , 2010
    pg. 11-29
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