Contemporary Australian Trauma

Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: (2020) Contemporary Australian Trauma. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 91-104. ISBN 9783030331351


As a nation haunted by the spectres of its colonialism, Australia has looked to the Gothic as a genre capable of grappling with its complexities. Precisely because of this fraught historical context, the Australian Gothic is dominated by a discourse of trauma. This can be seen in the key themes which remain consistent in the genre over this time, as well as in a range of key contexts for the Australian representation of the Gothic. This chapter aims to demonstrate the ways in which the Gothic is particularly suited as a structural representation of trauma and oppression in Australia’s fraught historical and social context.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2020 05:03
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 04:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, postcolonial, trauma, anxiety, national identity, cinema, landscape, gender, history
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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