Journal article

Ghosts of Australia Past: Postcolonial Haunting in Australian Adolescent Mystery Novels

Troy Potter

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH IN CHILDRENS LITERATURE | EDINBURGH UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015

Abstract

This essay explores the use of haunting in two Australian adolescent mystery novels, Victor Kelleher's Baily's Bones (1988) and Anthony Eaton's A New Kind of Dreaming (2001). Both novels mobilise the mystery genre as a means to interrogate Australia's colonial past and neocolonial present. The function of the spatial environments in which the novels take place and the construction and function of haunting in each novel is interrogated. It is argued that haunting is figured as a disruptive process whereby the repressed colonial scene intrudes on the present, such that the haunting the teenage protagonists experience encourages them to enquire into the past. While on the one hand the novels ad..

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