Australia’s colonial frontier in Andrew Bovell’s play, Holy day (The Red Sea)

Pulford, Donald (2006) Australia’s colonial frontier in Andrew Bovell’s play, Holy day (The Red Sea). Australian Studies, 19 (1). pp. 127-138. ISSN 0954-0954

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This article is intended as a contribution to 'the history wars' in Australia. One side of the 'history wars' takes the position that the past should only by mined for inspirational events to build a positive identity and encourage people to face the future. The side opposing this triumphalist position insists that the European invasion of Australia produced a range of injustices and inequities (mostly racial), the causes of which have been hidden and whose repercussions will continue unless thay are faced. The play on which the article focuses turns the audience's attention to the uncomfortable facts of the past and suggests that the truth, most strikingly the attempted annihilation of Australia's Aborigines, must be confronted. The article juxtaposes the incidents and situations in the play with incidents and situations from Australian history to argue the veracity and appropriateness of Bovell's 'black armband' vision of Australia's past.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2008 15:44
Last Modified: 12 May 2011 09:26


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