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White Aborigines
Identity Politics in Australian Art

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120678

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  • This highly original book shows that Australian art, and the writing of its history, has since settlement been in a dialog (although often submerged) with Aboriginal art and culture; and that this dialog is inextricably interwoven with the struggle to find an identity in the antipodes. McLean argues that the colonizing culture invested far more in indigenous aspects of the country and its inhabitants than it has been willing to admit. He considers artists and their work within their cultural context, and in light of contemporary theory.

    • The first history of Australian painting to focus on the representation of Aborigines in Australian art
    • Written in a cultural studies vein, drawing on post colonial theory and analysis of other cultural expressions, especially literature
    • Strong focus of the ways in which concepts of identity were imagined in Australian painting
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    "Ian McLean's White Aborigines is a lucid and intelligent investigation of the ways in which relationships between Aborigines and non-Aborigines have been represented in Australian art from 1788 to the present. At the same time as McLean explores the historical dialogue between Aboriginal art and white Australian art he also addresses difficult questions about cultural affiliation and reconciliaton in present-day Australia." Carrie Dawson, Antipodes

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120678
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Ocean and the Antipodes
    2. Artful killings
    3. The art of settlement
    4. The bad conscience of impressionism
    5. Aboriginalism and Australian nationalism
    6. The Aboriginal renaissance
    7. Aboriginality and contemporary Australian painting
    8. Painting for a new republic
    Postscript: The wandering islands
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Ian McLean, University of Tasmania

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