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The story of the vulnerable white person vanishing without trace into the harsh Australian landscape is a potent and compelling element in multiple genres of mainstream Australian culture. It has been sung in "Little Boy Lost," brought to life on the big screen in Picnic at Hanging Rock, immortalized in Henry Lawson's poems of lost tramps, and preserved in the history bookThe story of the vulnerable white person vanishing without trace into the harsh Australian landscape is a potent and compelling element in multiple genres of mainstream Australian culture. It has been sung in "Little Boy Lost," brought to life on the big screen in Picnic at Hanging Rock, immortalized in Henry Lawson's poems of lost tramps, and preserved in the history books' tales of Leichhardt or Burke and Wills wandering in mad circles. A world-wide audience has also witnessed the many-layered and oddly strident nature of Australian disappearance symbolism in media coverage of contemporary disappearances, such as those of Azaria Chamberlain and Peter Falconio. White Vanishing offers a revealing and challenging re-examination of Australian disappearance mythology, exposing the political utility at its core. Drawing on wide-ranging examples of the white-vanishing myth, the book provides evidence that disappearance mythology encapsulates some of the most dominant and durable categories at the heart of white Australian culture, and that many of those ideas have their origin in colonial mechanisms of inequality and oppression. White Vanishing deliberately (and perhaps controversially) reminds readers that, while power is never absolute or irresistible, some narrative threads carry a particularly authoritative inheritance of ideas and power-relations through time....

Title : White Vanishing: Rethinking Australia's Lost-In-The-Bush Myth
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ISBN : 9789042035959
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 381 Pages
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White Vanishing: Rethinking Australia's Lost-In-The-Bush Myth Reviews

  • Lauren
    2018-10-01 22:14

    As a big fan of Picnic at Hanging Rock, not to mention my recent interest in australian history, I was really curious about what this book had to say. I was surprised to learn that australian literature has had such an obsession with the “white vanishing” trope, but in retrospect it makes a lot of sense. I was reminded of a Roger Ebert review (which may have been for Picnic at Hanging Rock, now that I think about it), where he noted that the treatment of the bush as this spiritual, mysterious, and foreboding place (by white people, of course) was a common theme in australian cinema. That had surprised me then, too, but again, in retrospect it made sense. White Australians were compelled to explore the relationship between white peeps and the scary, intimidating landscape they thrust themselves upon then, and it seems they still are now.The highlight of the book for me was all of Tilley's interesting points about the treatment of Indigenous peoples and the “indigene” in these stories, as well as her points about the power relations between men and women. There’s a lot of subtext behind these stories, basically. It was a fascinating read, and I wish I had my own copy so that I could have read it without having to rush myself, but, UNLIKELY, this being an uber expensive academic book and all.Still, highly recommended if you can manage to get a hold of it. It leaves you with a lot to think about.