Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The Stranger in Cultural Clashes : A Postcolonial Dilemma
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'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, like other novels dealing with racial relations, is inevitably interpreted in the Australian political context whereas its theme of cultural colonization is less attended to. In fact, the thematic emphasis of the novel falls on colonization in terms of culture rather than politics, pointing to the dangling state of the colonized and the loss of cultural identity. The significance of Keneally’s representation lies in its attempt to perceive the history of white-black relations by deconstructing such dualisms as white-aborigine, colonizer-colonized and exploitation-revolt. As a cultural “stranger”, the character of Jimmie hints at the possibility of defusing dichotomy and Eurocentrism.' (150-151)

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    y 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. 150-159
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