Re/presenting readings of the indigenous literary terrain

Phillips, Sandra Ruth (2012) Re/presenting readings of the indigenous literary terrain. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


In this study I investigate the spectrum of authoring, publishing and everyday reading of three texts - My Place (Morgan 1987), Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance (Pedersen and Woorunmurra 1995) and Carpentaria (Wright 2006). I have addressed this study within the field of production and consumption, utilising amongst others the work of Edward Said (1978, 1983) and Stanley Fish (1980). I locate this work within the holism of Kombu-merri philosopher, Mary Graham's 'Aboriginal Inquiry' (2008), which promotes self-reflexivity and a concern for others as central tenets of such inquiry. I also locate this work within a postcolonial framework and in recognition of the dynamic nature of that phenomenon I use Aileen MoretonRobinson's (2003) adoption of the active verb, "postcolonising"(38). In apprehending selected texts through the people who make them and who make meaning from them - authors, publishers and everyday readers, I interviewed members of each cohort within a framework that recognises the exercise of agency in their respective practices as well as the socio-historical contexts to such textual practices. Although my research design can be applied to other critical arrangements of texts, my interest here lies principally in texts that incorporate the subjects of Indigenous worldview and Indigenous experience; and in texts that are Indigenous authored or Indigenous co-authored.

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ID Code: 50838
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Muller, Vivienne & Lampert, Jo
Keywords: Aboriginal inquiry, postcolonial, Australian literature, Australian publishing, Carpentaria (2006), discourse, Indigenous Australian literature, Indigenous Australian publishing, Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance (1995), literary criticism, My Place (1987), postcolonising, reader response, self-reflexivity, subjectivity, Indigenous writing, Indigenous editing, Indigenous publishing, Reading of Indigenous texts, My Place (1987), Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance, Carpentaria, Sally Morgan, Howard Pedersen, Alexis Wright, Australian publishing, Postcolonial literary inquiry, Literary criticism, Subjectivity and agency, Reader-response
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2012 05:25
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:21

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