Booze and gunshots in a hot dry summer: an African childhood [Book review]

Gehrmann, Richard (2006) Booze and gunshots in a hot dry summer: an African childhood [Book review]. Coppertales: A Journal of Rural Arts (10). pp. 92-94. ISSN 1321-1021

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Review of Alexandra Fuller's 2003 publication, Don't lets go to the dogs tonight, London, Random House. Fuller's account of her childhood, growing up in Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe fits into the field of coming-of-age and development of identity memoir, yet is also situated in the genre of postindependence White identity novels, notably those of Peter Godwin (Mukiwa, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun), Douglas Rogers (The Last Resort) and Lauren St John (Rainbow's End). While set in white dominated southern Africa, Fuller's account contains disturbingly familiar echoes to mainstream Australian culture and racial attitudes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. Book: Fuller, Alexandra (2003) Don't let's go to the dogs tonight.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 23:43
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 00:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: whiteness; ethnic identity; white Africans; Zimbabwe; When a Crocodile Eats the Sun; Peter Godwin; Alexandra Fuller
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950501 Understanding Africa's Past
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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