The politics of indigeneity, identity and representation in literature from north Australia's Gulf Country

Martin, Richard J., Mead, Philip and Trigger, David (2014) The politics of indigeneity, identity and representation in literature from north Australia's Gulf Country. Social Identities, 20 4-5: 330-345. doi:10.1080/13504630.2014.997201


Author Martin, Richard J.
Mead, Philip
Trigger, David
Title The politics of indigeneity, identity and representation in literature from north Australia's Gulf Country
Journal name Social Identities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-0296
1350-4630
Publication date 2014
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13504630.2014.997201
Volume 20
Issue 4-5
Start page 330
End page 345
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Aboriginal author Alexis Wright's novels Plains of Promise, Carpentaria and The Swan Book have prompted scholars and critics towards enthusiastic comparisons with the ground-breaking work of a range of international writers. With her novels all set partly in the remote Gulf Country of north Australia, Wright's work arises from intellectual and political commitment to Indigenous people, and aspires to the idea of a distinctive ‘Aboriginal sovereignty of the mind’. Much less known yet, we argue, of complementary significance, are a broader suite of writings about this region, and we address representations of cultural identity and connections to place by authors with both Aboriginal and European ancestries. With our interest in a deliberately cross-disciplinary methodology, ethnographic research complements our focus on texts to facilitate analysis of diverse identities in a setting produced through both the resilience of Indigenous cultural traditions and the legacies of European settler colonialism. We argue that the range of authorial representations arising from this sector of Australian society provides a focus for understanding shared and contested postcolonial imaginaries about place, culture and identity.
Keyword Identity
Indigeneity
Race
Representation
Australian literature
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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