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In the Wake of First Contact: The Eliza Fraser Stories
by Kay Schaffer
Binding: Paperback, 340 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Weight: 1.15 pound
Dimension: H: 1 x L: 8.9 x W: 5.9 inches
ISBN 10: 0521499208
ISBN 13: 9780521499200
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Book Description:
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 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 women's studies, cultural studies and Australian history.


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