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Picture imperfect: re-reading imagery of Aborigines in Walkabout


Rolls, M, Picture imperfect: re-reading imagery of Aborigines in Walkabout, Australian Studies, Journal Of, 33, (1) pp. 19-35. ISSN 1444-3058 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14443050802672494


The representation of Aborigines in the popular Australian magazine Walkabout has attracted the attention of a small number of scholars. For the most part their analyses draw a distinction between the portrayals of primitive natives and those of the emergent modernising Australian nation. It is argued that Aborigines appear as debased, as noble savages, or as bearers of an idealised and imagined traditional culture. These representational strategies are evident in both photographs and text in Walkabout. Whilst not necessarily disagreeing with these critiques, more nuanced readings of Aboriginal photographic representation in Walkabout are possible. This article seeks to reveal the potential for a more diverse and complex understanding of the images appearing throughout the 1930s.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aborigines; Aboriginal representation; photography; Walkabout; criticism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Postcolonial studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rolls, M (Dr Mitchell Rolls)
ID Code:59959
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Riawunna
Deposited On:2009-12-23
Last Modified:2014-11-11
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