Quicksands : foundational histories in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand /
edited by Klaus Neumann, Nicholas Thomas and Hilary Ericksen.
Sydney : UNSW Press, 1999.
xxii, 281 p. : ill.
0868406333 :
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Quicksands is the story of the key role that the foundation of European settlement plays in shaping how Australians and New Zealanders see their national identities. In history, popular culture, literature, art and film, those early years are re-imagined and retold.The contributors in this book bring new insights to a diversity of foundational stories, from the paintings of Eugene von Guerard and the Port Jackson Painter to Jane Campion's film, The Piano. The contributors are well-known figures in the disciplines of history, anthropology and art history. The contributors include: Tim Rowse, Deborah Bird Rose, Paul Carter, Greg Dening, Judith Binney, Stephen Turner, Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and Claudia Bell.
Table of Contents
Memories of Pasts to Come
Hard times: An Australian studyp. 2
Settlement as forgettingp. 20
A history of quiet suspicionp. 39
Footings: The mythopoeic foundations of imperial timep. 56
Settler Baggage
The idea of utopia in the European settlement of New Zealandp. 79
Australasian narratives of constitutional foundationp. 98
A history of beginningsp. 115
Myths of Nature
Wild life: Ferality and the frontier with chaosp. 133
Planting indigenous species: A subversion of Australian eco-nationalismp. 153
Going between goddessesp. 176
The Work of Listening
A spear in the thigh for Senator Evansp. 199
Songlines from Aotearoap. 218
Conclusionp. 238
Notesp. 243
Further readingp. 268
Indexp. 271
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