Indigenous Biography and Autobiography

Indigenous Biography and Autobiography

Indigenous Biography and AutobiographyEdited by: Peter Read, Frances Peters-Little, Anna Haebich
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In this absorbing collection of papers Aboriginal, Maori, Dalit and western scholars discuss and analyse the difficulties they have faced in writing Indigenous biographies and autobiographies. The issues range from balancing the demands of western and non-western scholarship, through writing about a family that refuses to acknowledge its identity, to considering a community demand not to write anything at all.

The collection also presents some state-of-the-art issues in teaching Indigenous Studies based on auto/biography in Austria, Spain and Italy.

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December 2008
Aboriginal History Monograph 17
ANU Press
Aboriginal History Monographs
Aboriginal History
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Arts & Humanities: Biography & Autobiography, History; Social Sciences: Indigenous Studies

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Teaching and Researching (PDF, 81KB)

  1. From the margins to the mainstream: towards a history of published Indigenous Australian autobiographies and biographies (PDF, 568KB)
  2. A path of words: the reception of autobiographical Australian Aboriginal writing in Italy (PDF, 128KB)
  3. Ethical approaches to teaching Aboriginal culture and literature in Spain (PDF, 111KB)
  4. Multiple subjectivities: writing Duall’s life as social biography (PDF, 278KB)
  5. Oodgeroo Noonuccal: media snapshots of a controversial life (PDF, 128KB)

Indigenous Storytelling

  1. ‘Never really heard of it’: the certificate of exemption and lost identity (PDF, 1.3MB)
  2. Biography as balancing act: life according to Joe and the rules of historical method (PDF, 113KB)
  3. The revelation of African culture in Long walk to freedom (PDF, 252KB)
  4. A Dalit and a First Nations Canadian speak of the women in their bones (PDF, 164KB)

Principles and Protocols (PDF, 64KB)

  1. Consultation and critique: implementing cultural protocols in the reading of collaborative indigenous life writing (PDF, 126KB)
  2. Too much information: when the burden of trust paralyses representation (PDF, 148KB)
  3. Pauline McLeod: The Magpie who became a Swan — finding salvation in culture (PDF, 151KB)
  4. The dilemmas of knowing too much: writing in the desert — Jimmy Pike as a boy (PDF, 121KB)


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