The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.
'In Australia, we have a limited set of character types to talk through our collective visions of suburbia. Kath & Kim and Upper Middle Bogan deliver parodies of the nouveau riche philistine, while Chris Lilley dons brownface to draw laughs from a stereotype of Polynesian identity. Over on commercial and cable, reality television shows such as the Real Housewives construct characters out of participants’ lives, fortifying a sense of ‘realism’ across our screen fictions.' (Introduction)
'In 2004, I found out that I have a half-sister I’d never met. I was fourteen and I remember it as a vague shock, pressed in neatly between discovering rock music and that time my mum accidentally burnt off my fringe with bleach. I remember the receiving of this strangely tumultuous piece of news as something that I was able to quickly and quietly fold away.' (Introduction)