Uncanny Australia

Jane M Jacobs, Ken Gelder
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1 April 2013

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9780522863314

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Melbourne University Press

Uncanny Australia

Jane M Jacobs, Ken Gelder
This challenging book examines how the sacred haunts the modern in Australian society through the effect of the uncanny.
Aboriginal claims for sacredness in modern Australia may seem like minor events, but they have radically disturbed the nation's image of itself. Minorities appear to have too much influence; majorities suddenly feel embattled. What once seemed familiar can now seem disconcertingly unfamiliar, a condition Ken Gelder and Jane M. Jacobs diagnose as 'uncanny'. In Uncanny Australia Gelder and Jacobs show how Aboriginal claims for sacredness radiate out to affect the fortunes, and misfortunes, of the modern nation. They look at Coronation Hill, Hindmarsh Island, Uluru and the repatriation of sacred objects; they examine secret business in public places, promiscuous sacred sites, ghosts and bunyips, cartographic nostalgia, reconciliation and democracy, postcolonial racism and New Age enchantments. Uncanny Australia is a challenging and thought-provoking work that offers a new way of understanding how the Aboriginal sacred inhabits the modern nation.
Aboriginal claims for sacredness in modern Australia may seem like minor events, but they have radically disturbed the nation's image of itself. Minorities appear to have too much influence; majorities suddenly feel embattled. What once seemed familiar can now seem disconcertingly unfamiliar, a condition Ken Gelder and Jane M. Jacobs diagnose as 'uncanny'. In Uncanny Australia Gelder and Jacobs show how Aboriginal claims for sacredness radiate out to affect the fortunes, and misfortunes, of the modern nation. They look at Coronation Hill, Hindmarsh Island, Uluru and the repatriation of sacred objects; they examine secret business in public places, promiscuous sacred sites, ghosts and bunyips, cartographic nostalgia, reconciliation and democracy, postcolonial racism and New Age enchantments. Uncanny Australia is a challenging and thought-provoking work that offers a new way of understanding how the Aboriginal sacred inhabits the modern nation.

About the author

Ken Gelder is Professor of English at the University of Melbourne. His co-authored books Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (1998), After the Celebration: Australian Fiction 1989-2007 (2009) and anthologies of Australian fiction are published by Melbourne University Press.

About Ken Gelder

Jane M Jacobs

Jane M. Jacobs is Professor of Urban Studies Divisional Director for the Social Sciences at Yale-NUS College Singapore. She was previously at the University of Edinburgh and also taught Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Uncanny Australia (with Ken Gelder) (MUP 1994) and Edge of Empire: Postcolonialism and the City (1996).

About Jane M Jacobs

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