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Finding Eliza : power and colonial storytelling / Larissa Behrendt
Bib ID 6932494
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Behrendt, Larissa, 1969- author
 
Description St Lucia, Queensland : University of Queensland Press, 2016 
©2016 
211 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 20 cm 
ISBN 9780702253904 (paperback)
Summary

"Aboriginal lawyer, writer and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the local Butchulla people after she was shipwrecked on their island off the Queensland coast in 1836. In this deeply personal book, Behrendt uses Eliza's tale as a starting point to interrogate how Aboriginal people -- and indigenous people of other countries -- have been portrayed in their colonisers' stories. Exploring works as diverse as Robinson Crusoe and Coonardoo, Behrendt looks at the ideas embedded in these accounts, including the assumption of cannibalism and the myth of the noble savage. Ultimately, Finding Eliza shows how these stories not only reflect the values of their storytellers but also reinforce those values -- and how, in Australia, this has contributed to a complex racial divide."--Back cover.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-211).

Subjects Fraser, Eliza.  |  Indigenous peoples -- Social life and customs -- Foreign public opinion, European -- 19th century.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- First contact with Europeans -- Queensland -- Fraser Island.  |  Indigenous peoples -- History -- Errors, inventions, etc.  |  Shipwrecks -- Queensland -- Fraser Island.  |  Europeans -- Foreign countries -- Attitudes -- History.  |  Race relations - Racism - Stereotyping.  |  Cannibalism.  |  Race relations - Attitudes.  |  Butchulla / Batjala / Badtjala people (E30) (Qld SG56-06)  |  Transport - Water - Shipwrecks and accidents.  |  Race relations - Representation - Literature.  |  Colonisation - Theory.  |  Sex relations - Coercive.  |  K'Gari / Fraser Island (SE Qld SG56-03)  |  Australian

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