Antor, Heinz (2016). Post-Mabo White Settler Fables and the Negotiation of Native Title Legislation in Andrew McGahan's The White Earth (2004). Pólemos, 10 (1). pp. 197-224. De Gruyter. ISSN 2036-4601

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In his novel The White Earth, Andrew McGahan engages with an important chapter in the history of his country, namely the period of the famous Mabo case of 1992, which overturned the doctrine ofterra nullius, and the sub-sequent Native Title Act of 1993. This novel of initiation with gothic features draws attention to both the woeful history of the dispossession, maltreatment and partial elimination of Australian Aborigines and to the issue of how white Australians cope with this past as well as the guilt, anxieties, and loss of orientation this maycreate. The novel thus turns into a critical engagement with the legal history of race relations in Australia and probes possible paths for future change.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Antor, Heinzh.antor@uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-501666
DOI: 10.1515/pol-2016-0011
Journal or Publication Title: Pólemos
Volume: 10
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 197-224
Date: 2016
Publisher: De Gruyter
ISSN: 2036-4601
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Englisches Seminar I
Subjects: English
Refereed: Yes


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