The figure of the lost child has haunted the Australian imagination. Peter Pierce's sometimes shocking study The Country of Lost Children, traces this ambivalent and disturbing history. In the nineteenth century the idea of losing one's child to a strange country reflected white settlers' distrust of their new land and its Aboriginal inhabitants. The book offers insights into the passing of an opportunity for reconciliation between European and indigenous Australians. In the twentieth century the lost child continues to torment the national consciousness, but no longer as the bewildered wanderer in the bush. Instead the emblematic lost child of modern Australia is a victim of abuse, abandonment or abduction. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from poetry, fiction and newspaper reports to paintings and films, this book analyses the cultural and moral implications of the lost child in our history.Besides these episodes of vivid local colour, the narrator of the novel (all of which is told in the form of a protracted ... an Oxford man, half-owner of a station a#39;and an inveterate writer of songsa#39;, mocks the yells and curses of an Aboriginal woman: a#39; What a sweet song that old girl is singing! ... to doubt the report that her convict husband George had died while on the 12 THE COUNTRY OF LOST CHILDREN .
|Title||:||The Country of Lost Children|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 1999-06-07|