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There's a black boy dead and a migloo holding a gun : death, Aboriginality and history in Australian adolescent literature

James, Kathryn 2009, There's a black boy dead and a migloo holding a gun : death, Aboriginality and history in Australian adolescent literature, Papers : explorations into children's literature, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 5-16.

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Title There's a black boy dead and a migloo holding a gun : death, Aboriginality and history in Australian adolescent literature
Author(s) James, Kathryn
Journal name Papers : explorations into children's literature
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 16
Publisher School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1034-9243
Summary This essay is concerned with the extent to which the attitudes and ideologies of colonial discourse continue to influence contemporary signifying practices in Australian adolescent historical fiction. Under scrutiny are three novels which take issue with the violent aspects of colonisation when so many members of the Indigenous population either died or were forcibly displaced: Melissa Lucashenko’s Killing Darcy, Gary Crew’s No Such Country and Mark Svendsen’s Poison Under Their Lips. Although these texts share a desire to interrogate monolithic versions of Australia’s history, it is argued that such motivations offer no guarantee that the implied audience is positioned to come to an understanding of perspectives belonging to ex-centric Others.
Language eng
Field of Research 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature
200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
200525 Literary Theory
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Papers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023839

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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