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'Terra Nullius' and Ajustralia' Vanishing Bodies


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Frost, L 2001 , ''Terra Nullius' and Ajustralia' Vanishing Bodies', in Rita Wilson and Carlotta Von Maltzan (eds.), Spaces and Crossings: Essays on Literature and Culture in Africa and Beyond , Peter Lang, Fankfurt am Main, Germany, pp. 219-232.

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In Australia, a trope of 'vanishing' situated during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries within a confident narrative of empire, was deployed in literature written late in the twentieth century to express anxiety about the relation of non-indigenous Australians to the land. This chapter considers the colonial origins of the trope and speculates on why it should have re-surfaced in such narratives of vanishing as Joan Lindsay’s 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', John Bryson’s 'Evil Angels', Thea Astley’s 'Vanishing Points', and David Malouf’s 'Remembering Babylon'.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Frost, L
Keywords: narratives of vanishing Joan Lindsay, 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' John Bryson, 'Evil Angels' Thea Astley, 'Vanishing Points' David Malouf, 'Remembering Babylon'
Publisher: Peter Lang
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