The Aborigine in Nineteenth-Century Australian Literature Criticism: Representations Of The Aborigine In Australian Literature - Essay

J. J. Healy (essay date 1972)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Healy, J. J. “The Treatment of the Aborigine in Early Australian Fiction, 1840-70.” Australian Literary Studies 5, no. 3 (May 1972): 233-53.

[In the following essay, Healy surveys mid-nineteenth-century portrayals of Aborigines in Australian fiction, suggesting that the most impressive of these can be found in Charles de Boos's 1867 novel Fifty Years Ago.]

In his Impressions of Australia Felix … Richard Howitt attacked the credibility of ‘Whited Sepulchre Emigration Books’. He expanded his comment:

Truth is unaccommodating—a stately walker on highways—not permitting any of that wandering in by-paths. …...

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J. J. Healy (essay date 1978)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Healy, J. J. “The Literature of Contact: Tucker.” In Literature and the Aborigine in Australia 1770-1975, pp. 26-48. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1978.

[In the following excerpt, Healy presents a brief overview of nineteenth-century literary works that represent white Australian contact with Aborigines, and goes on to assess this process in regard to James Tucker's novel Ralph Rashleigh.]

Literature is concerned with the problems of meaning and reality. There are sub-forms of literature whose major purpose is entertainment and where the energies of the writer move toward the distortion of meaning and the subversion of reality. Australia had a...

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Susan Sheridan (essay date 1988)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Sheridan, Susan. “‘Wives and Mothers Like Ourselves, Poor Remnants of a Dying Race’: Aborigines in Colonial Women's Writing.” Kunapipi 10, nos. 1-2 (1988): 76-91.

[In the following essay, Sheridan traces the principal themes in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century women's writing regarding Aborigines and the related contexts of racial and sexual difference.]

The bicentenary of invasion and settlement, 1988, challenges non-Aboriginal Australians as never before to confront and analyse the racism that pervades hegemonic cultural discourses and practices. Looking back to the noisy decades around the turn of the twentieth century, the crucial...

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Ivor Indyk (essay date 1993)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Indyk, Ivor. “Pastoral and Priority: The Aboriginal in Australian Pastoral.” New Literary History 24, no. 4 (autumn 1993): 837-55.

[In the following excerpt, Indyk concentrates on the ominous presence of the Aborigine in the pastoral poetry of Charles Harpur and Henry Kendall.]

As Virgil demonstrated, the pastoral form can be made to speak of many things. Yet to the relationship between the pastoral singer and the landscape celebrated in the pastoral song Virgil also granted a certain kind of priority. The first of his Eclogues opens directly onto this relationship by comparing the situations of two shepherds, the one in possession of his land, the other...

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