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Author Muecke, Stephen, 1951-

Title Textual spaces : aboriginality and cultural studies / Stephen Muecke
Edition Revised edition
Published Perth, W.A. : API Network, Australian Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, 2005


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'BOOL  306.0899915 Mue/Tsa 2005  TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
Description xi, 194 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction: space travel -- Ch. 1. Available discourses on Aborigines -- Ch. 2. Body, inscription, epistemology -- Ch. 3. History as texts -- Ch. 4. From structuralism to poststructuralism -- Ch. 5. Literature and politics -- Ch. 6. Aboriginal English and Aboriginal law -- Ch. 7. Appropriation or postcolonial renaissance? -- Ch. 8. Margin or mainstream? -- Ch. 9. Dialogue with a postgraduate student wanting to study Aboriginal culture
Summary In the early days of white settlement, Australia was like a divided text: on one side of the frontier was a single language, English, which bore the ideology of the day - imperialism - and on the other side there were some 250 different language families. Colonial violence was based on problems of communication and culture. For instance, Aborigines were seen as having no written language and therefore no culture worth respecting. But although they didn't have alphabetical writing, they did have complex forms of iconography. So what appears to be mere dots and lines to a non-Aborigine could in fact be spatial signs containing layers of meaning which can be 'read' by Western Desert people. Today, 'culture' is central to concepts of Aboriginality, but Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are continually being burdened with a western romantic concept of their culture. This has the effect of inhibiting other forms of Aboriginal development, and limiting the options offered to Aborigines in Australian society. The author examines not only textual representations but also social rituals and speech events as specific aspects of Aboriginal culture. He traces the shifts in theoretical approaches to Aboriginal texts, investigates an encounter between Aboriginal law and European law, discusses contemporary representations of landscape, postmodernism and Aboriginal art and music, and finally, he draws some important implications for the future
Notes Previously published University of New South Wales Press, 1992
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions.
Discourse analysis.
Aboriginal Australians -- Cultural assimilation.
Aboriginal Australians -- Ethnic identity.
Writing, Aboriginal Australian
Aboriginal Australians in literature.
Communication and culture -- Australia.
Race awareness -- Australia.
Intercultural communication -- Australia.
Author International Australian Studies Association.
LC no. 00002627
ISBN 1920845100