In Defence of "the Lesser Cousin of History": An Interview with Rohan Wilson

Dalley, Hamish & Wilson, Rohan (2014) In Defence of "the Lesser Cousin of History": An Interview with Rohan Wilson. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, 45(4), pp. 133-150.


Few branches of postcolonial literature are as contested as the historical fiction of settler societies. This interview with the Australian historical novelist Rohan Wilson, author of The Roving Party (2011) and To Name Those Lost (2014), explores the intersections between truth, accuracy, and existential authenticity in his fictional accounts of nineteenth-century Tasmania. Wilson offers a nuanced yet robust defence of fiction’s role in narrating colonial history. He explains his intentions in writing two linked yet distinctive novels of the frontier—one that focuses on the “Black War” of the 1820s and 1830s, and another that explores how racial violence is refracted by capitalism in subsequent decades.

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ID Code: 91226
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1920-1222
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2014 The Johns Hopkins University Press and the University of Calgary
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2015 01:41
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 01:33

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