Polities and poetics: race relations and reconciliation in Australian literature

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    Abstract

    A wave of reconciliation hit Australia during the 1990s, seeing significant marches, speeches and policies carried out across the country. Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians began imagining race relations in new ways, and articulations of place, belonging, and being together were informing literature of a unique genre. This book explores the political and poetic paradigms of reconciliation represented in Australian writing. The author brings together textual evidence of themes and a vernacular contributing to the emergent genre of 'reconciliatory literature'. The concourse of resistance and reconciliation is explored as a complex process to understanding sovereignty, colonial history, and the future of society. But moreover, this book argues it is creative writing that is most necessary for a deeper understanding of each other, and of place, because it is writing that calls one to witness, to feel, and to imagine all at the same time. The effect of polemical writing is powerful and it is measured in this debut collection of scholarly work
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
    Number of pages232
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781788744553
    ISBN (Print)9781788744546
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Publication series

    NameCultural identity studies
    PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
    Volume32
    ISSN (Print)1661-3252

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