In the Wake of First Contact: The Eliza Fraser Stories Kay Schaffer

ISBN: 9780521495776

Published: November 13th 1996

Hardcover

260 pages


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In the Wake of First Contact: The Eliza Fraser Stories  by  Kay Schaffer

In the Wake of First Contact: The Eliza Fraser Stories by Kay Schaffer
November 13th 1996 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 260 pages | ISBN: 9780521495776 | 3.27 Mb

Eliza Fraser was an English woman shipwrecked on the Australian coast in 1836, where she lived with an Aboriginal community until her rescue. The story of a civilised white female being taken captive by savage black men was both fascinating andMoreEliza Fraser was an English woman shipwrecked on the Australian coast in 1836, where she lived with an Aboriginal community until her rescue. The story of a civilised white female being taken captive by savage black men was both fascinating and repulsive. Images and narratives surrounding this notorious episode have proliferated from the 1830s to the present.

Kay Schaffer looks at the various literary and artistic manifestations of Eliza Fraser as a fictional presence in Australian culture. Schaffer looks at the contemporary narratives, and at more recent representations of Mrs Fraser in film, in the art of Sidney Nolan, and the writing of Patrick White. The book uses these texts to examine historical discourses of colonialism, race, gender, and nation. This accessible and stimulating book promises to make an impressive contribution to womens studies, cultural studies, and Australian history.



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