Re-presenting the past : authenticity and the historical novel

Carroll, Richard J. (2014) Re-presenting the past : authenticity and the historical novel. PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This project involved writing Turrwan (great man), a novel set in Queensland in the nineteenth century, and an investigation into the way historical novels portray the past. Turrwan tells the story of Tom Petrie, who was six when he arrived with his family at the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Colony in 1837. The thesis examines historical fiction as a genre with particular focus on notions of historical authenticity. It analyses the complexities involved in a non-Indigenous person writing about the Australian Aboriginal people, and reflects on the process of researching, planning and writing a historical novel.

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ID Code: 68033
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Gislason, Kari & Carson, Susan
Keywords: historical fiction, creative writing, Queensland history, authenticity, protocols for non-Indigenous authors, Tom Petrie, appropriation in literature, fact/fiction dichotomy, the novel in Brisbane, Indigenous Australians
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2014 05:33
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2015 22:09

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