Prosthetic gods: the Australian colonial body and Melanesia 1930-1950

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Dixon, Robert. 1997. "Prosthetic gods: the Australian colonial body and Melanesia 1930-1950." AULLA 1997: 29th Congress of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association . Sydney, Australia 10 - 14 Feb 1997 Melbourne, Australia.
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Prosthetic gods: the Australian colonial body and Melanesia 1930-1950

Presentation TypePaper
Authors
AuthorDixon, Robert
Journal or Proceedings TitleSouthern Review (Adelaide)
Communication, Politics and Culture
Journal Citation30 (2), pp. 130-145
Number of Pages16
Year1997
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN0038-4526
1836-0645
2200-6796
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=980505136;res=IELAPA;subject=English%20language
Conference/EventAULLA 1997: 29th Congress of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association
Event Details
AULLA 1997: 29th Congress of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association
Event Date
10 to end of 14 Feb 1997
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

Taking Elizabeth Grosz's theory of the body image as its starting point, this paper seeks to develop a theory of how the body image of Australian modernity was sculpted by the experience of colonialism, especially in Melanesia in the 1930s. The body so formed can be understood as a hinge between the key discourses of nation and gender, primitivism and modernity. Taking as case studies two noted Australian travellers in Papua New Guinea, the prospector Michael Leahy and the travel writer Frank Clune, the paper outlines a poetics of colonial spaces and bodies which remains a powerful influence in contemporary regimes of representation.

KeywordsFrank Clune; Michael Leahy; Papua New Guinea; colonialism; national identity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440107. Social and cultural anthropology
430302. Australian history
470213. Postcolonial studies
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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