Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Writings of Thomas King and Colin Johnson (Mudrooroo)

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Much has been written on the similarities between Canada, Australia and other Westernised English colonies in terms of the representation of Indigenous identity in fiction by white writers. This study addresses some very specific textual responses to this use of the ‘indigene’ by authors who are not from mainstream Anglo culture. The work makes an original contribution to knowledge and culture by comparing not only authors on far sides of the world, but also by comparing authors who do not easily fit into neat categories of identity themselves.


“New and innovative modes of cross-cultural and comparative scholarship are of growing importance in the field of postcolonial studies, and indeed to the humanities and social sciences generally ... This work will be of interest to and will stimulate discussion among a wide range of postcolonial scholars, most especially those concerned with questions of race in settler cultures and in Australian and Canadian literatures more generally.” – Professor Russell McDougall, University of New England, New South Wales, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction – Representation and Identity
1. Reading Strategies
2. ‘Getting it Straight’: Deconstructing Colonial Texts
3. Gothicism and Christianity: Different Uses of Satire and Incorporation
4. Re-inscribing Loss: ‘An Indian in the Twentieth Century’
5. Trickster’s Role
6. ‘Rethinking Tactics’: Reinterpreting Place

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