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The Dark Turn: history and performance at an emerging Tasmanian tourist site


Clarke, R and Brozek, D, The Dark Turn: history and performance at an emerging Tasmanian tourist site, Journal of Australian Studies, 45, (4) Article 507-523. ISSN 1444-3058 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14443058.2021.1968470


The University of Tasmaniaís Ross Female Factory Project, a research initiative of its College of Arts, Law and Education, aims to "re-animate" a Tasmanian convict tourist site affected by multiple historical silencings, the Ross Female Factory. This article considers the second authorís script, "The Caorthann Amulet and the Turkey", which was developed to address these silencings by telling the story of four female inmates. It also surveys the cultural and political context that informed the scriptís development. It is concerned with what history is presented at Tasmanian convict sites, and also how that history is presented; furthermore, however, it addresses how former and existing forms of presentation reinforce conservative settler values within history. The first part of the article explores the "dark turn" in heritage performances at Tasmanian convict sites, and the relation of this phenomenon to an authorised heritage discourse that represents convicts as victims and heroes. The second part of the article explains how, considering past and present trends in heritage interpretation, the second author crafted the script.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dark tourism, Tasmania, heritage tourism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Postcolonial studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving the historic environment
UTAS Author:Clarke, R (Dr Robert Clarke)
UTAS Author:Brozek, D (Ms Daniela Brozek)
ID Code:145281
Year Published:2022 (online first 2021)
Deposited By:English
Deposited On:2021-07-14
Last Modified:2022-10-20
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