ISSN: 20455852
First published in 2012
2 issues per volume
Volume 2 Issue 2
Cover Date: June 2013
Australians and the Pacific Rim: The contested past in the popular fiction of Di Morrissey
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Authors:  Rebecca Ling 
DOI: 10.1386/ajpc.2.2.211_1

dark tourism,reviewing culture,settler fiction,White Australia,Pacific region,Broome, Western Australia,ethnicity,pearling industry

Former print and television journalist Di Morrissey is Australia's biggest-selling writer of popular fiction. Her novels incrementally construct an Australia re-shaped for the new century through the interplay of significant social forces and demographic shifts. Her imaginary also places Australian culture within a global network of affiliations generated by the colonial and imperial past, as well as by more recent strategic alliances, and encompasses some of the darker elements of Australia's collective inheritance. The critical reception of Morrissey's work, however, has hitherto been scant and dismissive. Yet the Pacific Rim novels - Tears of the Moon, Scatter the Stars, Kimberley Sun, Monsoon, and The Plantation - can be read within perspectives afforded by dark tourism research and theories of cognitive dissonance, revealing that they subvert widely received understandings of Australia's relationships within the Pacific region and constitute a subliminal force for public education.
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