Instilling postcolonial nostalgias : Ned Kelly narratives for children

Bradford, Clare 2012, Instilling postcolonial nostalgias : Ned Kelly narratives for children, Journal of Australian studies, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 191-206.

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Title Instilling postcolonial nostalgias : Ned Kelly narratives for children
Author(s) Bradford, Clare
Journal name Journal of Australian studies
Volume number 36
Issue number 2
Start page 191
End page 206
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 1444-3058
Keyword(s) Ned Kelly
nostalgia
children's literature
Summary This essay examines books for children focusing on Ned Kelly and the Kelly gang, published from 2000 to 2011. Drawing upon theories of narrative, memory and nostalgia it analyses the narrative strategies and visual images through which these texts position readers, and their investment in formulations of the Australian nation. The essay argues that these books function as exercises in restorative nostalgia, producing palatable versions of Kelly as an Australian hero, and articulating connections between the Kelly legend and Australian national identity. By foregrounding Kelly's Irishness and by representing him as a “good badman”, these Ned Kelly narratives for children, which range across fiction, non-fiction, picture book and play script, reinscribe versions of national identity which occlude more complicated narratives. In particular, their emphasis on struggles between Irish and English settlers, and between selectors and squatters, displaces Indigenous histories, colonial violence, and systemic discrimination against those deemed outsiders to the nation.
Language eng
Field of Research 200502 - Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Socio Economic Objective 959999 - Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047119

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention
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