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'The misconceptions of Indigenous incapacity and pastoral welfarism evident in the mid century texts are reversed by the end of the century and the texts that have made the same possible are discussed. Characterization of the Indigenous protagonists in each publication reveals much about changing perceptions of Aboriginality.' (Author's abstract)
'The werewolf is an enduringly popular figure in fantasy literature and film. Although traditionally an image of horror and fear, the werewolf more often in modern texts occupies a place of difference and exclusion. This paper explores the idea of the werewolf as representative of disability and illness in two children's fantasy works from the UK and Australia: JK Rowling's Harry Potter series (1997-2007) and Jenny Hale's Jatta (2009). This paper investigates whether these associations between the werewolf and disability are troubling and problematic, or whether the metaphor of the werewolf provides alternative, powerful expressions of disability and illness.' (Author's abstract)