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Multiple Subjectivities: Writing Duall's life as social biography

Harman, KE 2008 , 'Multiple Subjectivities: Writing Duall's life as social biography', in P Read and F Peters-Little and A Haebich (eds.), Indigenous Biography and Autobiography , Aboriginal History Monograph (17) , ANU ePress, Canberra, pp. 47-56.

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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
Authors/Creators:Harman, KE
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
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