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East Tennessee State University

1. Byrge, Matthew Israel. Black and White on Black: Whiteness and Masculinity in the Works of Three Australian Writers - Thomas Keneally, Colin Thiele, and Patrick White.

Degree: MA, English, 2010, East Tennessee State University

White depictions of Aborigines in literature have generally been culturally biased. In this study I explore four depictions of Indigenous Australians by white Australian writers. Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1972) depicts a half-caste Aborigine's attempt to enter white society in a racially-antipathetic world that precipitates his ruin. Children's author Colin Thiele develops friendships between white and Aboriginal children in frightening and dangerous landscapes in both Storm Boy (1963) and Fire in the Stone (1973). Nobel laureate Patrick White sets A Fringe of Leaves (1976) in a world in which Ellen Roxburgh's quest for freedom comes only through her captivity by the Aborigines. I use whiteness and masculinity studies as theoretical frameworks in my analysis of these depictions. As invisibility and ordinariness are endemic to white and masculine actions, interrogating these ideological constructions aids in facilitating a better awareness of the racialized stereotypes that exist in Indigenous representations.

Subjects/Keywords: whiteness; Australia; Aborigine(s); post-colonialism; race studies; masculinity; Arts and Humanities; Communication; English Language and Literature; Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication; Literature in English, Anglophone outside British Isles and North America; Social and Behavioral Sciences

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APA (6th Edition):

Byrge, M. I. (2010). Black and White on Black: Whiteness and Masculinity in the Works of Three Australian Writers - Thomas Keneally, Colin Thiele, and Patrick White. (Masters Thesis). East Tennessee State University. Retrieved from https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1717

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Byrge, Matthew Israel. “Black and White on Black: Whiteness and Masculinity in the Works of Three Australian Writers - Thomas Keneally, Colin Thiele, and Patrick White.” 2010. Masters Thesis, East Tennessee State University. Accessed November 12, 2019. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1717.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Byrge, Matthew Israel. “Black and White on Black: Whiteness and Masculinity in the Works of Three Australian Writers - Thomas Keneally, Colin Thiele, and Patrick White.” 2010. Web. 12 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Byrge MI. Black and White on Black: Whiteness and Masculinity in the Works of Three Australian Writers - Thomas Keneally, Colin Thiele, and Patrick White. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. East Tennessee State University; 2010. [cited 2019 Nov 12]. Available from: https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1717.

Council of Science Editors:

Byrge MI. Black and White on Black: Whiteness and Masculinity in the Works of Three Australian Writers - Thomas Keneally, Colin Thiele, and Patrick White. [Masters Thesis]. East Tennessee State University; 2010. Available from: https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1717

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