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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 The Haunting of Settler Australia : Kate Grenville's The Secret River
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In this essay, Sheila Collingwood-Whittick states: 'Kate Grenville's The Secret River, an elegantly-written, meticulously-crafted and extremely readable novel, provides a classic example of white Australian anxiety and ambivalence over the nation's origins. More significantly perhaps, and in direct contradiction with the author's declarations about her book, The Secret River is paradigmatic both of the difficulty settler descendants have in facing some of the grim truths of colonial history, and of their consequent inability to exorcise the ghosts that haunt the national conscience.' (p. 126)

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    y separately published work icon Postcolonial Ghosts Fantômes post-coloniaux Melanie Joseph-Vilain (editor), Judith Misrahi-Barak (editor), Montpellier : Universitaires de la Mediterranee , 2010 Z1801502 2010 anthology poetry criticism 'As liminal beings, ghosts seem particularly appropriate to define, question or challenge hybrid cultures where several, seemingly irreconcilable, identities coexist. The present volume wonders how they manifest themselves in the English-speaking world, and whether there is a specifically postcolonial kind of haunting. The twenty-two articles deal with textual, translational or historical ghosts, and take us to Canada, Australia, Africa, India or the Caribbean. Poems by Gerry Turcotte literally haunt the volume, which thus juxtaposes theory and practice in a dynamic and fruitful way.' (Publisher's blurb). Montpellier : Universitaires de la Mediterranee , 2010 pg. 125-142
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