"One of Zavaglia’s greatest strengths is her awareness of the socio-political context in which the texts are situated. Not only does she offer concise summaries of significant historical moments shaping contemporary Australian literature in her introduction, but she also frames her textual analyses with what she calls ‘literary’ (17) readings of the 1992 Mabo decision and Kevin Rudd’s National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples in 2008. In these readings, as in her textual analyses, she accentuates movements of apology and apologia. By connecting the extra-literary with the literary sphere, Zavaglia is able to substantiate her argument, made at the beginning of her study, that the primary texts under discussion are best understood ‘as a form of cultural history’ (2). In addition to her disclosure of the links between textual and extra-textual worlds, the author also distinguishes herself through the highly nuanced readings of her primary material." —Australian Literary Studies
White Apology and Apologia: Australian Novels of Reconciliation by Liliana Zavaglia
This book takes as its subject a body of recent fiction by white liberal writers in Australia produced in the wake of the profound cultural, political and legal transformations that have taken place in the field of Indigenous rights since the 1990s. engages in close readings of the Mabo ruling, the national Apology and this body of fiction as a form of cultural history, which reflects important aspects of black/white relations in the past twenty-five years.
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