It is crucial that we study Australian Narratives as it creates insights into events we may have not explored. This is evident in the novel "Crow Country" written by Kate Constable. It teaches us about Aboriginal beliefs and spirituality, Australia's History and respect, as we experience what it feels like to live in rural Australia, creating an understanding about Aboriginal people. Therefore, through a close read and study of "Crow Country", readers are able to learn new and important things about our past and present, showing that it is crucial to study Australian Narratives.
In contrast ‘The Australian Dream’, Grant has presented his perception on the issue of racism on suffering Indigenous Australians is being covered by false lies to enhance Australia’s image of being a multicultural country. “But every time we are lured into the light, we are mugged by the darkness of this country’s history.” Through the utilisation of metaphor and juxtaposition, Grant is able to make a emphasis that, Australia had tried to erase racism, such as through the apologies and reconciliation, but are then blinded by the past targeting of Aboriginal people who continue to be disadvantaged in the community today. Through this Grant has stated that the nation covers the truth by providing hope to those most vulnerable but in fact the perception of a multicultural country still contains racism. Whereas in Bruce Dawe’s, the language devices used are more reflective and inspirational in allowing people to come to the realisation of the difficult experiences.“It
This examination will focus on topics such as the poetic techniques used, how Australian identity is portrayed, the effect the text has on the reader and my opinions.
How does time periods like Renaissance, Restoration, and the Eighteenth Century interact with masculinity? Renaissance, Restoration, and the Eighteenth Century shows us that masculinity can be portrayed as having power or they can be seen as getting overpowered by femininity. In these different time periods it is noticeable that men are not the only individuals that is considered to be smart and they are not the only ones who can maintain power. Also, within these time periods women do not always submit themselves to the men. By looking at the Renaissance, Restoration, and Eighteenth Century time periods masculinity roles shifts from men claiming their supremacy by being overbearing, dominant, and selfish to getting tricked and manipulated by women so that power can be seen as being equal within genders or completely taken by women.
Australia’s identity has always been a complicated one. Starting with Aboriginal genocide, 1800’s cowboys and villains, two world wars and a bunch of poems describing them, it makes it difficult to conclude on what being an ‘Aussie’ really is. Thankfully, the two thought-provoking poems Nobody Calls Me a Wog Anymore by Komninos Zervos, and My Country by Dorothea Mackellar both use their discerning selection of themes to reflect modern attitudes in some extent. Along with their themes, Nobody Calls Me a Wog Anymore and My Country both use their story to capture the attributes modern Australians possess to some degree.
Australian landscapes have long been used to place fear and anxiety in the Anglo-Australian’s psyche. This anxiety and the requirement for Indigenous peoples to negotiate white ideals is reflected in current Australian literature and cinematic identities. This essay will discuss the critical arguments of what makes the chosen texts Australian literature. This discussion will be restricted to the critiques of the film Lantana directed by Ray Lawrence and the novel Biten’ Back written by Vivienne Cleven. The will firstly look at the use of landscape as a crime scene and how this links to the anxieties caused by the doctrine of terra nullius and the perceived threats from an introduced species. It will then look at the Australian fear of a different ‘other’ followed then by a discussion around masculinity and the need for Indigenous people to negotiate white ideals. The essay will argue that Australian literature and film reflect a nation that still has anxieties about the true sovereignty of the land and assert that Indigenous people have a requirement to fit in with white ideals.
‘Jasper Jones’ challenges the idea that Australia is a mature nation and suggests that it can’t be with issues like racism still present, while ‘Jindabyne’ challenges the idea of everything is fine in Australia regarding racism, when really these issues are still prevalent. The issue of racism causes both Jasper and Susan to be represented very similarly in both texts, Jasper being positioned to be seen as lonely and Susan being represented as helpless, they are both without support due to the issue of racism. This shows the effects that racism can have on individuals in society, they become singled out without any help or support. Both texts have been successful challenging the ideas of the audience in relation to the treatment of
Australia is filled with many different aspects in which makes it the country it is today. I believe it is important to study texts that explore aspects of Australia by studying texts such as ‘The Club’, by David Williamson, a play written in 1977 about an Australian football club and movies such as “The Castle”, directed by Rob Stitch in 1997, about the daily life of an Australian family when their happiness is threatened when developers attempt to buy their house to expand the neighboring airport. Both these texts show us what Australian life was like in the past. By us looking at themes such as language, tradition and the mateship shown we are able to explore different aspects of Australia that make it what it is today.
I am here today to discuss our Australian Identity. How do you imagine a typical Australian? Maybe you see a blonde haired, blue eyed surfing babe? Or a bushman who drinks Bushels tea and four X beers while munching on some snags cooked on the BBQ? Or perhaps you see someone like Steve Irwin, our iconic crocodile hunter. Or do you picture the movie “Crocodile Dundee?” Australians are stereotyped and our typical Australian is usually imagined to be male. (Click) Russell Ward, well known author, portrays his view of the traditional Aussie as a practical man who is rough, tough bushman that holds true friendship and loyal spirits. Today I will be analysing two poems and one play and determining whether they are
Just as the oppression and degradation inflicted on African-Americans and other minority groups in America became the impetus for blistering expressions of artistic protest, from poets and playwrights alike, the Aboriginal population of Australia has also discovered its collective voice among its own creative community. As an actor, director, and playwright, John Harding has managed to capture the centuries of brutality and isolation forced upon his culture through his searing works of drama, and his 2002 production Enuff ranks as one of his most resonant works of art. Despite existing within a particularly isolated niche of Australian literature, Harding's intensely incisive Enuff has managed to captivate critical reviewers by virtue of the subtle approach to a searing contemporary issue: racial prejudice and institutionalized bigotry. By depicting a fictionalized scenario in which Australia's minority groups, predominately aboriginal and indigenous cultures along with people of African descent, make the revolutionary choice to take up arms against an oppressive government, Harding compels any audience member viewing Enuff to consider his or her own complicity in the continued societal subjugation of indigenous people. By examining the responses published by widely read literary critics, it is possible to gain a greater comprehension of the multilayered masterpiece that is John Harding's Enuff.
Through characterisation, Dominic Finch-Mackee can be read as a representation of Australian masculinity through his depiction as the archetypal “Aussie Battler.” This contrasts to the representation of my sense of Australian identity in First Dance, a short story by Penelope Rowe which depicts alcohol, sexual violence and the “pack mentality” as elements of Australian adolescent masculinity.
Most of the artists in the second wave of feminism (1960-1970) were inspired by Louise Bourgeois. Bourgeois mostly worked with organic materials and shapes instead of the cube shapes most minimalist artists were experimenting with. She was interested in depicting forms that could be immediately understood as male or female. An example of this would be her sculpture La Fillette, created in 1968. In this gruesome sculpture, she depicted a penis hanging on a meat hook. The sculpture’s title translates to “little girl” in French. Here we see her turning this icon of masculinity into something feminine. In 1974 she created a piece called The Destruction of the Father. This sculpture was a recreation of a family dinner with lumpy figures population
A word such as “strong” is arguably the most used word that is associated with masculinity. Men are often being described as “manly” or “macho” ideas that appear to define individual men and masculinity itself. This concept and definition are followed throughout the world especially in the Arab world, which includes Palestine and Israel. Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda is a book written by Ahmed Masoud that tells a story about the main protagonist Omar Ouda. Who is in search to find his father, but goes through a major change throughout the book. In the book, there are three gender roles of men that seem to go through various alternation. And in an article “Male Gender and Rituals of Resistance in the Palestinian "Intifada" written by Julie Peteet elaborates on how young man in Palestinian are able to obtain their manhood by getting tortured by the Israeli army and resisting their demands. In Palestinian culture and society, there is a specific depiction of male masculinity.
An Australian Short Story, written by Ryan O’Neill, is such an in-depth piece of literature. The story’s artistic format brings a new meaning to Australian literature, and the typical stereotype. Ryan O’Neill took a chance on this story, because he isn’t an Australian. But after living in Australia for many years, he took the time to really notice things. And with that, he chose to write what he saw and
Lloyd Jones’s novel, Mister Pip, is set in Bougainville in the 1990’s, in the period of time following the abandonment of the Panguna mine by the Australians and the subsequent civil war and blockade. This backdrop provides the perfect environment for Jones to use foreign literature to explore ideas relating to post-colonialism, both on an individual and community level. This exploration provides much food-for-thought for the postcolonial critic, including issues such as cultural hegemony, the struggle for identity when confronted with hybridity, and the role of the literary canon in European colonisation.