Theatre or corroboree, what’s in a name? Framing Indigenous Australian 19th-century commercial performance practices

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Abstract

The reception and framing within histories of practice of Indigenous Australian cultural production in the performing arts has been a problematic and contested field for decades. Though, overtime the terms have changed in line with political and social changes and developments, I argue that these shifts have been limited by continuing a priori assumptions about theatre in terms of what it is and the implicit assumptions of European cultural ownership of performances that are
discussed under the term. These conjectures continue to have impact on
what is included, excluded and defined within Australian theatre historiography
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating White Australia
EditorsJane Carey , Claire McLisky
Place of PublicationNew South Wales
PublisherSYDNEY UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pages117-132
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781920899424
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Theatre
  • Corroboree
  • 19th Centrury
  • Indigenous Australian

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