Indigenous Biography and Autobiography

Indigenous Biography and Autobiography

Edited 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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Dec 2008
Aboriginal History Monograph 17
ANU Press
Aboriginal History Monographs
Aboriginal History
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)Oliver Haag doi
  2. A path of words: the reception of autobiographical Australian Aboriginal writing in Italy (PDF, 128KB)Francesca Di Blasio doi
  3. Ethical approaches to teaching Aboriginal culture and literature in Spain (PDF, 111KB)Susan Ballyn doi
  4. Multiple subjectivities: writing Duall’s life as social biography (PDF, 278KB)Kristyn Harman doi
  5. Oodgeroo Noonuccal: media snapshots of a controversial life (PDF, 128KB)Karen Fox doi

Indigenous Storytelling (PDF, 124KB)

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

Principles and Protocols (PDF, 64KB)

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

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