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Multiple Subjectivities: Writing Duall's life as social biography


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Harman, KE (2008) Multiple Subjectivities: Writing Duall's life as social biography. In: Indigenous Biography and Autobiography. Aboriginal History Monograph (17). ANU ePress, Canberra, pp. 47-56. ISBN 9781921536359

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The colonial archive is replete with accounts of the intimacies of life at the frontier in early New South Wales. In reading these records, it is readily apparent that the scribes who mentioned an Indigenous presence had a habit of situating such people at the periphery of colonial society. More often than not, Aboriginal people were cast as supporting actors to the white male leads valorised in accounts of early exploration and settlement. Despite their textual marginalisation, such archival records remain a rich resource for those wanting to appreciate more fully Indigenous contributions to early colonial New South Wales. 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.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Indigenous biography,social biography, Aboriginal convicts, colonial contact, frontier history, Aborigines, convicts, New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, explorers, Aboriginal guides, breastplates.
Publisher: ANU ePress
Page Range: pp. 47-56
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2009 21:59
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:55
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