Terror in Colonial Australian Literature

Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7694-5615 (2021) Terror in Colonial Australian Literature. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Steam Age Gothic. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., pp. 203-215. ISBN 978-3-030-40865-7


The colonial Australian gothic is notable for its adoption by socially and politically radical writers as a means to explore and subvert prejudices about Australia, its identity and its representation. Such narratives pick up on the generic tropes and assumptions of the gothic genre and put them to work for the purpose of exposing the gothic discourse inherent in the colonial encounter. Thus the colonial Australian Gothic becomes primarily associated with realism rather than the supernatural, and with authors of social critique rather than those of fantasy or imagination.

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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: 12 Feb 2021 05:49
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 05:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: colonial Australian literature; gothic
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470502 Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130203 Literature
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41188

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