Thesis / Dissertation

Lights and shadows in Australian historical fiction: how does historical fiction deal with how Australia comes to know its past?

Jenny Louise Sinclair, Grant Caldwell (ed.)

Published : 2019


This thesis examines how recent Australian historical fiction, particularly that of Kim Scott and Kate Grenville, re-imagines and reframes Australia’s past and how it offers new ways of relating to that past. It does so with an emphasis on the perceived disconnect between what is available to archive-based academic historiography and the current understanding of the historical issues most relevant to modern Australians. It is presented in three sections. The first section focuses particularly on how fiction writers address the historical archives, with examples drawn mainly from works about the early frontier between Indigenous and settler Australians. It examines how different fiction styl..

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