Ken Gelder is a Professor of English at the University of Melbourne. His authored books include Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (1998: with Jane M. Jacobs), Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (2004), Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice (2007) and After the Celebration: Australian Fiction 1989-2007 (2009: with Paul Salzman).
University of Melbourne
In Australia – and no doubt in other outposts of empire – hunting provided a rite of passage for ambitious young men to learn about local conditions and establish their colonial credentials. This article argues that the kangaroo hunt narrative…