Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre
Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2005 - 268 Seiten
The past is a problem for us. We know certain events happened, sometimes exactly when and yet our sometimes longing for certainty cannot be satisfied . . . We tell stories about where we come from and so who we are. We change these stories sometimes minutely, sometimes radically depending upon our audiences and our task.
Bluff Rockis organised around the key question- how do we know the past? Using historical material (letters, memoirs), a tourist brochure, and local histories, it focuses on the ways that the massacre(s) of Aborigines at Bluff Rock, in New England during the 1840s has been recorded and remembered.
It is the author's ability to lay herself on the line that makes this a courageous and even controversial text. Schlunke, who grew up in New England area, takes this one story from early colonial Australia and looks at the many ways it is organised as a memory of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations.
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I began this book with the desire to paint a bigger picture of the past through one
specific event. I want to show you how many ways a massacre of Aboriginal
people can be told and used and reoriented. I 'knew' massacre habitually and ...
This intense local history lets us touch and feel the shifts in how the past is told.
Radically different ideas about the past and its uses meet in 'The Bluff Rock
Massacre'. First, it lets us confront our desire for a certain past made up of certain
The autobiographical of this past present presence is a bodial haunting. Bodies
of knowledge, bodies that hurt, and administrative bodies reveal the spectral
selves that write into current flesh in a weird arrangement that produces 'now'.
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