Please Note:

The Open Access Repository will be moving to a new authentication system on the 1st of November.

From this date onwards, account holders will be required to login using their University of Tasmania credentials.
If your current repository username differs from your University username, please email so we can update these details on your behalf.

Due to the change, there will be a short outage of the repository from 9am on the morning of the 1st of November

Open Access Repository

The story of the story of Anzac

Ball, M (2001) The story of the story of Anzac. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

PDF (Front matter)
Front_matter.pdf | Download (329kB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.

PDF (Introduction)
introduction[1]...pdf | Download (1MB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.

PDF (Part 1 : Of Myths and Nations)
Part_1.pdf | Download (4MB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.

PDF (Part 2 : Re-reading Bean's Official History)
Part_2.pdf | Download (5MB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.

PDF (Conclusion : A prisoner of the past)
Conclusion_Apen...pdf | Download (2MB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.


This thesis examines the role of the Anzac myth in the imagining of Australian nationhood. It considers the historical poetics out of which the Anzac myth
emerged, together with the contemporary social structures in which it continues to flourish.
Due to the scale and variety of the subject matter, the thesis is catho1ic in its use of theoretical methodology. It likewise visits a broad range of data: from
newspaper comment to historical monographs; from manuscript archive to official propaganda; from. political speeches to fiction and poetry.
The first half of the thesis pursues a critical study of myth theory, and the sorts of myth models that accompany narratives of nationhood. I examine how
the Anzac myth appropriated many existing Australian myths into itself, and I illustrate how Anzac is an abundant field for mythic readings.
The second half of the thesis analyzes the central text of the Anzac story, C.E.W. Bean's Official history of Australia in the Great War, 1914- 1918. I look at
the range of Bean's writings to highlight the themes which pervade all his work. I analyse the tropes of style and form in the text, as well as the influence
on Bean of his historiographical exemplars. Lastly I discuss the structural
archaeology of the text, and recover the traces of Homer's Illiad that mould and colour the Official History.
The two parts of the thesis are bookended by chapters that combine the various ands 'myth', 'history' and 'nation', and at the same time examine the place of Bean's Official History in contemporary Australian culture. I analyze the
portrayal of Anzac in various literary and filmic texts. In particular, I discuss the way Prime Ministers Keating and Howard have harnessed Anzac imagery to express their conceptions of Australian politics and values.
Lastlv, I look to the silences of the Anzac myth - the stories it suppresses,
and those it does not tell; and I consider the question of whether Anzac should
continue to claim its pre-eminent position as the myth of nation forming for

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:

Copyright the author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s).

Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2010 03:09
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:54
Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page