9780521120678

White Aborigines: Identity Politics in Australian Art

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521120678

  • ISBN10:

    0521120675

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This highly original book shows that Australian art, and the writing of its history, has since settlement been in a dialog (although often submerged) with Aboriginal art and culture; and that this dialog is inextricably interwoven with the struggle to find an identity in the antipodes. McLean argues that the colonizing culture invested far more in indigenous aspects of the country and its inhabitants than it has been willing to admit. He considers artists and their work within their cultural context, and in light of contemporary theory.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Ocean and the Antipodes
Artful killings
The art of settlement
The bad conscience of impressionism
Aboriginalism and Australian nationalism
The Aboriginal renaissance
Aboriginality and contemporary Australian painting
Painting for a new republic
Postscript: The wandering islands
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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