‘The Life, the Loves, of that Dark Race’ : The Ethnographic Verse of Mid-Nineteenth-Century Australia

Abstract

Defining ‘ethnographic verse’ as ‘a loose, heterogeneous sug-genre that mixed poetry with anthropology, or ethnology as Victorians called it’ O’Leary considers examples within the context of similar works from the Unites States and New Zealand, arguing that these poetic epics have literary and historical significance.

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Published 1 May 2007 in Volume 23 No. 1. Subjects: Aboriginal Australians - Literary portrayal, Epic poetry.

Cite as: O'Leary, John. ‘‘The Life, the Loves, of that Dark Race’ : The Ethnographic Verse of Mid-Nineteenth-Century Australia.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, 2007. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.bc7eca31a5.