From the Ruins of Colonialism throws fresh light on the history of memory, forgetting and colonialism. Focusing on Australia, the book charts how film, public commemorations, history textbooks and museums have, in a strange ensemble, become something called Australian History. It considers key moments of historical imagination, including the legends of Captain Cook and the Eureka Stockade, events such as the 1988 Bicentennial celebrations and the shipwrecked woman Eliza Fraser, whose story reflects anxieties about race and gender. This book argues for a new sense of remembering. Rather than being content with a culture of amnesia, it makes the case for learning to belong in the ruins of colonial histories. Chris Healy's investigation of these historical cultures and narratives is innovative and stimulating and will become a powerful statement for new histories.Read more
- Broad scope, from 1788 to the present
- Focuses on key events in Australian history
- Is more cultural studies than traditional Australian history so will appeal to theoretically sophisticated audience
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- Date Published: May 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521565769
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.39kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Prologue: From the ruins of colonialism
Part I. In the Beginning:
1. Captain Cook and genesis: white histories of Cook
2. Captain Cook and death: black histories of Cook
Part II. Installing Memory:
3. We remember for you: the memory work of museums
4. 'History is disliked': the memory work of schooling
Part III. In the Event:
5. Battle memories: echoes of Eureka
6. Eliza Fraser and the impossibility of postcolonial history.
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