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An Ordinary Place: Aboriginality and ‘Ordinary’ Australia in Travel Writing of the 1990s


Clarke, R, An Ordinary Place: Aboriginality and Ordinary' Australia in Travel Writing of the 1990s, The Long Journey: Exploring Travel and Travel Writing, Berghahn, MP Di Bella and B Yothers (ed), New York, USA, pp. 168-187. ISBN 9781789209358 (2020) [Revised Book Chapter]

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Recent Australian travel narratives are distinguished by the way they represent Indigenous Australian cultures. Moreover, the experience of white Australian culture in recent travel writing by visiting authors like Bill Bryson (In a Sunburned Country/Down Under, 2000), Annie Caulfield (The Winners' Enclosure, 1999), and Mark McCrum (No Worries 1997) is influenced by the authors' experiences of Aboriginality and Australia's heritage of colonialism and race relations. Following a trend in contemporary travel writing to explore ordinary life, the works of Bryson, Caulfield and McCrum seek 'ordinary Australia' and discover, through encounters with Aboriginality, a place and culture far removed from either the stereotypes of tourist brochures, or the quirky characters that inhabit the soap operas and films that have advertised Australia to the rest of the world.

Item Details

Item Type:Revised Book Chapter
Keywords:Australia, travel writing, Aboriginality
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Clarke, R (Dr Robert Clarke)
ID Code:138871
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2020-05-06
Last Modified:2021-07-15

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