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We must become gatekeepers : editing indigenous writing

Freeman, Robin 2009, We must become gatekeepers : editing indigenous writing, New writing : the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 133-149, doi: 10.1080/14790720903216685.

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Title We must become gatekeepers : editing indigenous writing
Author(s) Freeman, Robin
Journal name New writing : the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 133
End page 149
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-07
ISSN 1479-0726
1943-3107
Keyword(s) authors
collaboration
editing
identity
publishing
teaching
Summary With the proliferation of Indigenous texts currently published by specialist and mainstream publishers, non-Indigenous editors increasingly find themselves negotiating the uncomfortable territories of race, politics and power for which current training (in an Australian context) leaves them poorly prepared. Indigenous writer Anita Heiss advocates the employment of Indigenous editors as an 'ideal' solution, though few are currently working in the Australian industry. Margaret McDonell, an experienced non-Indigenous editor of Indigenous texts, suggests non-Indigenous editors need to 'undertake a journey of learning' during which 'assumptions, biases, tastes and preconceptions' are examined. Yet this presents a difficult task within a postcolonial society, when, as identified by Clare Bradford, even the classification of texts into genres such as fiction and the short story represents an entirely Eurocentric construct, 'not readily correspond[ing] with Aboriginal schemata'. The Australian Society of Authors' discussion paper 'Writing about Indigenous Australia: Some Issues to Consider and Protocols to Follow' provides practical guidelines that may be adapted for editorial use. This article canvasses these and other ideas with a focus on establishing an ethical and appropriately sensitive cross-cultural approach to editing Indigenous writing.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14790720903216685
Field of Research 190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021625

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