Rachael Weaver is an ARC Senior Research Fellow in English at the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Criminal of the Century (2006) and co-editor with Ken Gelder of a number of colonial anthologies and collections. Rachael and Ken’s monograph, Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy, was published by SUP in 2017. In 2016, Rachael was awarded a Hugh Williamson Foundation Fellowship through the University of Melbourne Archives to examine the papers of William Gosse Hay, and would like to gratefully acknowledge this support.
University of Melbourne
The focus of this essay is ‘on excavating short fiction built around representation of frontier conflict’ (33). The short fictions of colonial frontier violence ‘seem an appropriate means for reading otherwise unwritten events, and folding them into a Gothicised account…