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Chelsea Barnett: Pride of race: Masculinity and Whiteness in Jedda (1955)

The Gender History Discussion Group would like to invite you to a session with Chelsea Barnett who will be discussing

‘Pride of race’: Masculinity and Whiteness in Jedda (1955)

Chelsea Barnett is a third-year PhD candidate at Macquarie University, Sydney, working under the supervision of Associate Professor Robert Reynolds and Dr Leigh Boucher. Her doctoral work explores the representation of masculinity in Australian films from 1949 to 1962.

This paper explores the representation of masculinity as it intersected with race in the 1955 Australian film Jedda. Popularly considered a classic Australian film from an ostensibly disappointing era for Australian filmmaking, Jedda is perhaps best well known for its Indigenous protagonists, as well as its subsequent focus on race relations in the fifties. In the era of assimilation, manifested most cruelly in the removal of Indigenous children from their homes to be raised as white, the film’s Indigenous concerns might be considered revolutionary. In this paper, however, I examine how Jedda represented masculinity and understandings of race, arguing that the film made explicit references to whiteness to ultimately legitimate an historically specific understanding of masculinity and thus white national ideal that functioned as exclusive of Indigeneity.

This session will take place on Monday 13th April, 2pm and will be held at 301 Glossop Road, room C1 a/b.