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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 'Are We the Future of the Past?' : Gothic Pasts, Gothic Futures, and Imaginary Lives
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'Peter Otto's essay ... argues that the novel's temporal frame, and its evocation of a species of Gothicism, challenges conventional periodisation' (p.4). The author argues that 'the space of engagement conjured by our ... slow reading of An Imaginary Life , offers an important allegory of the situation of white Australians. Read in these terms, it suggests just how important it might be for white Australians, temporarily, to resist the urge to belong, and that they might not want to become the 'final man', the 'white aborigine', that their own past has dreamed' (p.100).

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    y separately published work icon Australian Literary Studies vol. 26 no. 3-4 October - November Louise D'Arcens (editor), Stephanie Trigg (editor), Andrew Lynch (editor), 2011 Z1877038 2011 periodical issue Special issue based on papers presented at the symposium 'Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism' held at the University of Wollongong, January 2010. 2011 pg. 86-101
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