Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 Australians and the Pacific Rim : The Contested Past in the Popular Fiction of Di Morrissey
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'Former print and television journalist Di Morrissey is Australia's biggest-selling writer of popular fiction. Her novels incrementally construct an Australia re-shaped for the new century through the interplay of significant social forces and demographic shifts. Her imaginary also places Australian culture within a global network of affiliations generated by the colonial and imperial past, as well as by more recent strategic alliances, and encompasses some of the darker elements of Australia's collective inheritance. The critical reception of Morrissey's work, however, has hitherto been scant and dismissive. Yet the Pacific Rim novels - Tears of the Moon, Scatter the Stars, Kimberley Sun, Monsoon, and The Plantation - can be read within perspectives afforded by dark tourism research and theories of cognitive dissonance, revealing that they subvert widely received understandings of Australia's relationships within the Pacific region and constitute a subliminal force for public education.' (Author's abstract 211)

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211-220 Australians and the Pacific Rim : The Contested Past in the Popular Fiction of Di MorrisseyAustLit The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
  • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • Pacific Region,
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