Added: May 6, 2017 – Last updated: May 6, 2017


Author: Libby Connors

Title: Uncovering the Shameful

Subtitle: Sexual Violence on an Australian Colonial Frontier

In: Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia

Edited by: Robert Mason

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Berghahn Books

Year: 2017

Pages: 33-52

ISBN-13: 9781785334368 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN.13: 9781785334375 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century | Oceanian History: Australian History | Types: Interracial Rape


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Author: Libby Connors, School of Arts & Communication, University of Southern

Abstract: »Libby Connors provides the first chapter in the part on 'Hidden Violence', which explores sites and expressions of violence that have not been visible for reasons of fractured evidence or the lack of a common language of expression. Connors' chapter investigates the nature of evidence in historical contexts of trauma, violence and unequal power relationships. Her work draws directly on the debates of the History Wars to ask how hidden violence might be expressed and explored. Her focus on the colonial frontier across generations situates questions of genocide in the global context of colonialism, race and gender. The chapter's particular focus on the frontier 'cult of domesticity' reveals that attempts to control, displace or erase the Aboriginal presence were connected to an imposition of patriarchal order in the home space. Her analysis reveals the early racialization of crime and gender, which was to continue throughout Australian history, and that is later explored by other authors in the collection.« (Source: Robert Mason. »Introduction: Rendering the Legacies of the Past.« Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia. Edited by Robert Mason. New York 2017: 6)


  The Ideology of Domesticity and Memories of the Frontier (p. 36)
  Colonial Manliness and Sexual Undercurrents in Official Sources (p. 39)
  An Intersection of Class, Race and Sex (p. 41)
  The Importance of Aboriginal Evidence (p. 43)
  Indigenous Manliness (p. 45)
  Conclusion (p. 46)
  Notes (p. 47)
  Bibliography (p. 51)

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