The chant of Thomas Keneally
AuthorFrow, John A.
Source TitleAustralian Literary Studies
University of Melbourne Author/sFrow, John
AffiliationArts: Department of English with Cultural Studies
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsFrow, J. A. (1982) The chant of Thomas Keneally. Australian Literary Studies, 10(3), 291-299.
Access StatusOpen Access
Deposited with permission of University of Queensland Press
In this paper I want to examine the political consequences inherent in the genre of the well-made novel. I shall argue that a reading of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith may tell us, not only was Keneally's novel explicitly states, that there is a limit to the understanding white Australians can have of aboriginal culture, but also why Keneally was forced by the limits of the novel form itself to draw this lesson in politically conservative terms.
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