Critical injuries ; collaborative Indigenous life writing and the ethics of criticism

Jacklin, Michael 2004, Critical injuries ; collaborative Indigenous life writing and the ethics of criticism, Life writing, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 55-83, doi: 10.1080/10408340308518260.

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Title Critical injuries ; collaborative Indigenous life writing and the ethics of criticism
Author(s) Jacklin, Michael
Journal name Life writing
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 55
End page 83
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1448-4528
Summary The publication of collaborative Indigenous life writing places both the text and its production under public scrutiny. The same is true for the criticism of life writing. For each, publication has consequences. Taking as its starting point the recent critical concern for harm occasioned in life writing, this
article argues that in the reading of collaborative Indigenous life writing, injury may eventuate from critical commentary itself. The critical work of G Thomas Couser and his concern for vulnerable subjects, whose life narratives reach published form through the efforts or with the assistance of another, has its
parallel in the critical attention given to collaboratively produced Indigenous life writing in Australia and Canada. In some cases, however, such analysis is generated without consultation with the Indigenous producers of collaborative texts. Criticism directing its arguments toward the conditions
of editorial constraint by which the Indigenous subject is enclosed or silenced has the ironic and surely unintended consequence of removing the Indigenous participants of collaboration from the field of critical engagement. With particular regard to the collaborative texts Ingelba and the Five Black Matriarchs and Stolen Life: the journey of a Cree woman, this article argues that literary criticism can benefit from the practice of consultation with the Indigenous subjects whose representations it comments upon.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10408340308518260
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Field of Research 200525 Literary Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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