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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 pp. 1-31. ISSN 1444-3058 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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This paper reflects on the Ross Female Factory Project, a research initiative to "re-animate" a Tasmanian convict tourist site, the Ross Female Factory, a site that has been subject to multiple historical silencings. It describes the second author, Daniela Brozek’s script, "The Caorthann amulet and the Turkey," which was developed for this purpose to tell the story of four female inmates. The paper also surveys the cultural and political context that informed the development of our script. It is concerned not simply with "what" history is presented at Tasmanian convict sites, but "how" that history is presented, and how such presentation reinforces conservative settler values about the past. The first part of the paper explores the "dark turn" in heritage performances at Tasmanian convict sites, and how the dark turn relates to an authorized heritage discourse that represents convicts as victims and heroes. The second part of the paper explains how, in light of these considerations, Brozek 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:In Press
Deposited By:English
Deposited On:2021-07-14
Last Modified:2021-07-14

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