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'Annette Kellerman, Rose Quong and Merle Oberon were internationally successful 'Australian' performers of the first half of the twentieth century.

'Kellerman was a swimmer, diver, lecturer, and silent-film star, Quong an actor, lecturer and writer who forged a career in London and New York, and Oberon one of the most celebrated film stars of the 1930s and 1940s, first in London and then Hollywood.

'Through her international vaudeville performances and film roles, Kellerman played with the quasi-racial identity of South Sea Islander. Quong built a career based on her own body, through a careful appropriation of Orientalism. Her body was the signifier of her Chinese authenticity, the essentialist foundation for her constructed, diasporic Chinese identity. The official story of Oberon's origins was that she was Tasmanian. However, this was a publicity story concocted at the beginning of her film career to mask her lower-class, Anglo-Indian birth. Despite anxious undercurrents about her exoticism, Australians were thrilled to claim a true Hollywood star as one of their own.

'These three women performers created newly modern, racially ambiguous Australian femininities. Racial thinking was at the core of White Australian culture: far from being oblivious to racial hierarchies and constructions, Australians engaged with them on an everyday basis. Around the world, "Australian" stars represented a white-settler nation, a culture in which white privilege was entrenched, during a period replete with legal forms of discrimination based on race.

'The complex meanings attached to three successful "Australian" performers in this period of highly articulated racism thus become a popular cultural archive we can investigate to learn more about contemporary connections between race, exoticism and gender on the global stage and screen.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Tony, with gratitude for many things.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Clayton, Murrumbeena - Oakleigh - Springvale area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Monash University Publishing , 2011 .
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      Extent: xxvi], 154p.p.
      Description: illus., facsims, ports
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: October 2011.
      • Includes bibliography and index.
      ISBN: 9781921867125 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Race and the Modern Exotic: Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display (review) Richard Waterhouse , single work review
— Appears in: Biography , Spring 2012 vol. 35 no. 2 (p. 387-389)

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Review : Race and the Modern Exotic: Three ‘Australian’ Women on Global Display Eureka Henrich , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 8 no. 4 2014;

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Exotic Australians Claire Lowrie , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 9 no. 3 2012;

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Untitled Prue Ahrens , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , June vol. 36 no. 2 2012; (p. 253-254)

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Trio of Sorts John Rickard , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 340 2012; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Trio of Sorts John Rickard , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 340 2012; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Untitled Prue Ahrens , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , June vol. 36 no. 2 2012; (p. 253-254)

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Exotic Australians Claire Lowrie , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 9 no. 3 2012;

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Race and the Modern Exotic: Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display (review) Richard Waterhouse , single work review
— Appears in: Biography , Spring 2012 vol. 35 no. 2 (p. 387-389)

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
Review : Race and the Modern Exotic: Three ‘Australian’ Women on Global Display Eureka Henrich , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 8 no. 4 2014;

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
y separately published work icon Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , Clayton : Monash University Publishing , 2011 Z1852616 2011 single work criticism

'Annette Kellerman, Rose Quong and Merle Oberon were internationally successful 'Australian' performers of the first half of the twentieth century.

'Kellerman was a swimmer, diver, lecturer, and silent-film star, Quong an actor, lecturer and writer who forged a career in London and New York, and Oberon one of the most celebrated film stars of the 1930s and 1940s, first in London and then Hollywood.

'Through her international vaudeville performances and film roles, Kellerman played with the quasi-racial identity of South Sea Islander. Quong built a career based on her own body, through a careful appropriation of Orientalism. Her body was the signifier of her Chinese authenticity, the essentialist foundation for her constructed, diasporic Chinese identity. The official story of Oberon's origins was that she was Tasmanian. However, this was a publicity story concocted at the beginning of her film career to mask her lower-class, Anglo-Indian birth. Despite anxious undercurrents about her exoticism, Australians were thrilled to claim a true Hollywood star as one of their own.

'These three women performers created newly modern, racially ambiguous Australian femininities. Racial thinking was at the core of White Australian culture: far from being oblivious to racial hierarchies and constructions, Australians engaged with them on an everyday basis. Around the world, "Australian" stars represented a white-settler nation, a culture in which white privilege was entrenched, during a period replete with legal forms of discrimination based on race.

'The complex meanings attached to three successful "Australian" performers in this period of highly articulated racism thus become a popular cultural archive we can investigate to learn more about contemporary connections between race, exoticism and gender on the global stage and screen.' (From the publisher's website.)

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