War and migration in the White African tropics: Lauren St John’s 'Rainbow’s End'

Gehrmann, Richard and Hammersley-Mather, Rachel (2016) War and migration in the White African tropics: Lauren St John’s 'Rainbow’s End'. eTropic: Electronic Journal of Sudies in the Tropics, 15 (2). pp. 30-41. ISSN 1448-2940


This article explores voyage and migration in tropical Africa through Lauren St John’s Rainbow’s End, a memoir contributing to debates of white African identity that now include more contemporary renditions of identity in female self-reflective accounts differing markedly from masculine perspectives. In her coming-of-age memoir, St John chronicles her experiences of a privileged 1970s white Rhodesian society at war, and her gradual awareness of racial inequalities that transformed her into a white Zimbabwean. St John’s account of white settler identity and racial difference gives us insights into a day in the African tropics, and furthermore speaks to those in other settler countries such as Australia who are debating colonial history and identity, and who are often uncomfortable with aspects of their own settler past.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 03:57
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 01:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: white African, war, memory, Zimbabwe, Rhodesia, tropics
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950501 Understanding Africa's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30418

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