The Future of Colonialism in Australian Indigenous Fiction – A Psychoanalytic Study of Trauma in The Swan Book and Terra Nullius


  • P. Vijayasekaran Vellore Institute of Technology
  • G. Alan Vellore Institute of Technology



colonialism, post traumatic stress disorder, indigenous people, magic realism


The goal of this study is to examine the colonial concerns depicted in the futuristic Australian fictions Terra Nullius and The Swan Book. The Swan Book, a 2013 Australian novel by Alexis Wright, digs deeply into subjects like climate catastrophes and the repressive condition of the natives in a future Australia. Claire G. Coleman's fantasy novel Terra Nullius, on the other hand, presents a futuristic Australia in which many colonial themes are subtly and implicitly depicted. This research article aims to emphasize the aftermath effects of colonization and to put together how they are thinking about Australia’s problems in the future by analyzing the two novels of these indigenous authors using important psychoanalytic theories. This study also highlights the impact of magic realism in these texts.

Author Biographies

P. Vijayasekaran, Vellore Institute of Technology

School of Social Sciences and Languages

G. Alan, Vellore Institute of Technology

School of Social Sciences and Languages


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