Yonsei University

An Aboriginal Rewriting of the Colonial Encounter in Mudrooroo Narogin’s Doctor Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World

Narogin’s novel is worthy of note because it is a postcolonial writing back to the tradition of white Australian literature. The novel foregrounds the hitherto silenced voice of native Australians, debunking all the paternalistic concepts of civilizing mission and common humanity. From a reversed point of view, European settlers are put under the scrutiny of the Aborigines to become the object of sardonic rewriting. It is white Europeans, not the Aborigines, who are truly barbarian and alien.

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