Melodrama, an Australian pantomime, and the theatrical constructions of colonial history

Kelly, Veronica (1993) Melodrama, an Australian pantomime, and the theatrical constructions of colonial history. Journal of Australian Studies, 17 38: 51-61. doi:10.1080/14443059309387150


Author Kelly, Veronica
Title Melodrama, an Australian pantomime, and the theatrical constructions of colonial history
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies
ISSN 0314-769X
1444-3058
1835-6419
Publication date 1993-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14443059309387150
Volume 17
Issue 38
Start page 51
End page 61
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Formatted abstract
The role of theatrical melodrama in the construction of Australian colonial identities last century has received recent attention from theatre and cultural scholars.1 Because of its mythic narratives and volatile signifying capacities, melodrama in both literature and theatre was strategically well positioned to produce various encodings of the 'political unconscious'2 of the six settler colonies in the pre-Federation era.3 This political grid of anxieties and interests comprised tensions between capital and labour; between imperial-minded, export-oriented pastoralists and the growing urban manufacturing protectionism; between various regional and ethnic groups within the largely Britishderived white population; between native-born and immigrants; between settlers and the land. Theatre also encoded, and occluded, the deadly struggle for which this latter so often stood as the mythic substitute — the struggle between settlers and indigenous peoples
Keyword Anthropology
Cultural Studies
Politics & International Relations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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