Performing Australia's black and white history: acts of danger in four Australian plays of the early 21 century
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 23:19 authored by Alison Lyssa
In an Australia shaped by neo-conservative government and by searing contention, national and global, over what the past is, how it should be allowed to affect the present and who are authentic bearers of witness, this thesis compares testimony to Australia's black/white relations in two plays by white writers, Andrew Bovell's 'Holy day' (2001) and Katherne Thomson's 'Wonderlands' (2003), and two black writers, Tammy Anderson's 'I don't wanna play house' (2001) and Richard J. Frankland's 'Conversations witht the dead' (2002).
Table of ContentsIntroduction -- Defiance and servility in Andrew Bovell's Holy day -- Writing a reconciled nation: Katherine Thomson's Wonderlands -- Transformation of trauma: Tammy Anderson's I don't wanna play house -- The rage inside the pain: Richard J. Frankland's Conversations with the dead -- Conclusion: towards an understanding of witness to the trauma of invasion.
NotesBibliography: p. 199-210 Submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in English in the Division of Humanities, Dept. of English, 2006.
Degree TypeThesis masters research
DegreeThesis (MA), Macquarie University (Division of Humanities, Department of English)
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of English
Year of Award2006
RightsCopyright Alison Lyssa 2006. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au
Extent210 p. ill.
Former Identifiersmq:1 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/714
Anderson, Tammy. -- I don't wanna play house -- Criticism and interpretation.Bovell. Andrew. -- Holy day -- Criticism and interpretation.Frankland, Richard J.Aboriginal Australians --Frankland, Richard J. -- Conversations with the dead -- Criticism and interpretation.Thomson, Katherine. -- Wonderlands -- Criticism and interpretation.Anderson, Tammy.Australian drama -- Aboriginal Australian authors -- History and criticismAustralian race relations --Australian dramaNative title --Thomson, Katherine.Postcolonial drama.Bovell. Andrew.Australian drama -- 21st century -- History and criticism