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Furphy as (metafictive) Aboriginal ethnographer

Devlin-Glass, Frances 2013, Furphy as (metafictive) Aboriginal ethnographer, Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature, vol. 13, no. 1.

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Title Furphy as (metafictive) Aboriginal ethnographer
Author(s) Devlin-Glass, Frances
Journal name Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Total pages 17
Publisher Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1447-8986
1833-6027
Keyword(s) Furphy
Bulletin
ethnographic writings
Aborigines
Aboriginal culture
Summary This paper investigates Furphy’s ethnographical writings on Aborigines in the short essays and paragraphs he wrote for the Bulletin and in one of his short stories. It also examines his representation of Toby, a part Aboriginal stockman in Such is Life, and concludes by examining one of the most difficult passages in a colonial era novel, his account of a Palmer River Aboriginal attack, cannibalism, and settler murder in The Buln-buln and the Brolga. These Aboriginal-focussed narratives are told as part of a suite of realistic tales by Barefooted Bob and Tom Collins, by way of counter-narrative to Fred Falkland Pritchard’s fantastical romance/action tales which belong to the ripping yarns/Boy’s Own tradition. The paper argues that, although the narrative method, in its refusal to editorialise, is uncharacteristically and unnervingly oblique, there is more than a little of Lilian Pritchard, the Lady Novelist, in Furphy himself and that the questions he puts into the mouth of the Lady Journalist about Aboriginal culture are probing and pungent.
Language eng
Field of Research 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061944

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