Resistance and sovereignty in some recent Australian Indigenous women's novels

Carole Ferrier (2016) Resistance and sovereignty in some recent Australian Indigenous women's novels. Ilha do Desterro, 69 2: 17-31. doi:10.5007/2175-8026.2016v69n2p17

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Author Carole Ferrier
Title Resistance and sovereignty in some recent Australian Indigenous women's novels
Journal name Ilha do Desterro   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2175-8026
Publication date 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5007/2175-8026.2016v69n2p17
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 69
Issue 2
Start page 17
End page 31
Total pages 15
Place of publication Florianopolis, SC, Brazil
Publisher Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina * Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Letras-Ingles
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In Australia, powerful stories expressing resistance to a white, postcolonising hegemony continue to be told in Indigenous women's fictional texts, including those from the 1990s onwards that are discussed in this article. Their particular historically-distinctive mode of satire or irony challenges postcolonising regimes and institutions, the legacy of colonialism, and the persisting dominance of the white capitalist nation-state. These more recent texts include Doris Pilkington Garimari's Caprice (1991) and Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence (1996); Vivienne Cleven's Her Sister's Eye (2002); Larissa Behrendt's Home (2006) and Legacy (2009); Marie Munkara's Every Secret Thing (2009); Jeanine Lenne's Purple Threads (2011); Melissa Lucashenko's Steam Pigs (1997) and Mullumbimby (2013); and Alexis Wright's Plains of Promise (1997), Carpentaria (2006) and The Swan Book (2013). All continue a central preoccupation of the earlier fiction by Indigenous women with struggling for the achievement of agency in contexts of unequal social and economic power; marginalised characters continue to engage with current questions and conditions. The article considers how these fictions have developed an Indigenous aesthetic to represent aspects of Aboriginal dislocation from land and place; separation from families; outsider and outcast identities; Indigenous people's epistemological relationships with their land and bodies of water, and the issue of sovereignty in relation to Country and environment.
Keyword Australian Aboriginal fiction
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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