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Introduction to chapter five.


  • Epigraph:

    There is not doubt that an interest in the Aboriginal problem, which began blindly out of conscience, ended up as a symbolic arena for many Australians in search of an identity. —-J. J. Healy, Literature and The Aborigines in Australia

    I think we need to talk about Australian identity and neurosis, about the insecurity, uncertainty and doubt behind all the tough talk and ticker. I think the image an indigenous person sees reflected back from mainstream Australian society can be a very dispiriting one. The people who created a society in Australia were its indigenous people. The well-being of that society–or societies–is the measure of our collective Australian identity. —-Kim Scott, "What it means to be Australian–and Aboriginal"

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    y separately published work icon From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction Xiaojin Zhou , Qindao : China Ocean University Press , 2009 Z1741824 2009 multi chapter work criticism

    'Born into an Irish Catholic family in Sydney, Thomas Keneally published his first novel, The Place at Whitton, in 1964, four years after he abandoned his study for priesthood. The success of that gothic horror set in a seminary triggered a successful writing career of over forty years, in which he produced 25 novels, while making frequent and fruitful incursions into the world of nonfiction. Today Keneally is Australia’s best-known writer and Australia’s living treasure. Although Spielberg’s Schindler’s List became a media event and a household word in the 1990s, it hardly qualified Keneally as an overnight sensation. By that time, Keneally was already a widely acclaimed writer in Britain and America, truly “international”, as the Australians would like to put it, since he had publishers on both sides of the Atlantic and had won the 1982 Booker Prize. Despite discernible changes in his earlier and later works, it’s almost impossible, even as a critical expediency, to divide Keneally’s writing career into clearly marked stages. Writing on both “Australian” and “international” themes, and constantly shifting between past and present, Keneally failed to follow the normal path of arrival, growth and maturity, much to the disappointment of some Australian critics, who eagerly delighted in anticipating the destination of his literary journey...' (Author's introduction)

    Qindao : China Ocean University Press , 2009
    pg. 132-134
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