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'Touches of nature that make the whole world kin': furphy, race and anxiety

Devlin-Glass, Frances 2000, 'Touches of nature that make the whole world kin': furphy, race and anxiety, Australian literary studies, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 355-372.

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Title 'Touches of nature that make the whole world kin': furphy, race and anxiety
Author(s) Devlin-Glass, Frances
Journal name Australian literary studies
Volume number 19
Issue number 4
Start page 355
End page 372
Total pages 18
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2000-10
ISSN 0004-9697
1837-6479
Keyword(s) Arts & Humanities
Literature, African, Australian, Canadian
Literature
Summary What appealed to generations of readers in Furphy can trouble a late twentieth-century reader: its call to nationhood, to one (white and assimilationist) nation; its lack of self-consciousness about what that meant in terms of dispossession of the pre-existing indigenous cultures; its heroicising of the bushman and worker, and its excoriation of the (absentee) capitalist landlord and squatter. This caricature of the rich texture of the novels, in fact, says more about the uses to which Such is Life in particular has been put by nationalist critics than about the novel itself which has retained its canonical status notwithstanding generations of critical misreadings (see Hadgraft) and neglect even by professional readers in Australian literature. This paper analyses one of these areas of contention: Furphy's stand on race, where the narratives locate themselves in the race debates (in particular monogenism and polygenism) and the realities of late nineteenth-century Aboriginal/European relations in Victoria.
Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
2005 Literary Studies
2103 Historical Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2000, Australian Literary Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090506

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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