Reflections on Post-Apology Australia: From a Poetics of Reparation to a Poetics of Survival

Rosanne Kennedy

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    Abstract

    In the Australia of the 1990s, the idea of reconciliation, backed by government initiatives, enjoyed popular support. The discourse of reconciliation has been superseded by a discourse of 'crisis' in Aboriginal Australia. In this era of crisis, the Stolen Generations paradigm, characterised by a compassionate politics of testimony and witnessing, has lost much of its moral and political purchase. This shift provides context for my consideration of a parallel shift, from an aesthetics of reparation that flourished during the reconciliation era, to an aesthetics of survival which mediates an era of 'crisis ordinariness'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBreaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition : A Global Dialogue on Historical Trauma and Memory
    EditorsPumla Gobodo-Madikizela
    Place of PublicationLeverkusen Opladen, Germany
    PublisherVerlag Barbara Budrich
    Pages194-212
    Volume1
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9783847406136
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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