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y separately published work icon The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Thomas Keneally , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1972 Z559274 1972 single work novel historical fiction (taught in 4 units)

'When Jimmie Blacksmith marries a white woman, the backlash from both Jimmie's tribe and white society initiates a series of dramatic events. As Jimmie tries to survive between two cultures, tensions reach a head when the Newbys, Jimmie's white employers, try to break up his marriage. The Newby women are murdered and Jimmie flees, pursued by police and vigilantes. The hunt intensifies as further murders are committed, and concludes with tragic results.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (HarperCollins ed.)

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This topic aims to encourage students to read and appreciate works of fiction and non-fiction, and to help them understand the cultural and literary contexts in which such texts are produced. Students will read a diverse range of short texts from both Australia and overseas and will be encouraged to use those as models for their own critical and creative writing. The topic encourages comparative analysis between national cultures and periods of literary development as well as the examination of technique and craft.