Dislocating the Frontier: Essaying the Mystique of the Outback

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Deborah Bird Rose, Richard Davis
ANU E Press, Mar 1, 2006 - Australia - 206 pages
The frontier is one of the most pervasive concepts underlying the production of national identity in Australia. Recently it has become a highly contested domain in which visions of nationhood are argued out through analysis of frontier conflict. DISLOCATING THE FRONTIER departs from this contestation and takes a critical approach to the frontier imagination in Australia. The authors of this book work with frontier theory in comparative and unsettling modes. The essays reveal diverse aspects of frontier images and dreams - as manifested in performance, decolonising domains, language, and cross-cultural encounters.
 

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Contents

Deborah Bird Rose and Richard Davis
iii
comparative perspectives from Canada
23
a long road to nowhere Deborah Bird
49
pastoralist memory and staking a claim
67
Jay Arthur
85
Pat Lowe
91
eggs Aborigines and empire in 19th century
99
science and progress in 20thcentury
121
style performance and crisis in Aboriginal rodeo
145
Stephen Muecke
165
appropriating the Fitzmaurice River
177
Index
197
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Page 196 - Frederick Jackson Turner and Buffalo Bill," in James R. Grossman, ed.. The Frontier in American Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994), 27. 13. See Slotkin, Gunfighter Nation, 156-93, on the "red-blooded" school of western fiction; and White, "Turner and Buffalo Bill," 47-52, on the West as a field for the reconstruction of Anglo-Saxon manhood.

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Author and journalist Richard Harding Davis was born in Philadelphia on April 18, 1864. After studying at Lehigh and Johns Hopkins universities, he became a reporter and in 1890, he was the managing editor of Harper's Weekly. On assignments, he toured many areas of the world and recorded his impressions of the American West, Europe, and South America in a series of books. As a foreign correspondent, he covered every war from the Greco-Turkish to World War I and published several books recording his experiences. In 1896, he became part of William Randolph Hearst's unproven plot to start the Spanish-American War in order to boost newspaper sales when Hearst sent him and illustrator Frederick Remington to cover the Cuban rebellion against Spanish rule. In Cuba, Davis wrote several articles that sparked U.S. interest in the struggles of the Cuban people, but he resigned when Hearst changed the facts in one of his stories. Davis was aboard the New York during the bombing of Mantanzas, which gave the New York Herald a scoop on the war. As a result, the U.S. Navy prohibited reporters from being aboard any U.S. ships for the rest of the Cuban conflict. Davis was captured by the German Army in 1914 and was threatened with execution as a spy. He eventually convinced them he was a reporter and was released. He is considered one of the most influential reporters of the yellow journalist era. He died in Mount Kisco, New York on April 11, 1916.

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