By Linda Westphalen
Examines existence historical past writing by means of Australian Aboriginal girls within the context of negotiations approximately one's prestige and claims to nation. This ebook makes use of a methodological mix of literary research, heritage and anthropology to attract out the detailed cultural heritages held in palimpsest inside of texts.
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Indeed, Harney himself suggested Mat the method of his recording in Talesfiom the Aborigines would be regarded by anthropologists as 'unscientific' (Harney 1959, reprinted 1995: 22). P. EIkin (Harney and Elkin 1949). A discussion of Hamey's texts is included in Headon (1 988b: 130133). The position of Indigenous Stories @earnings and life-histories) in the junction between anthropology and literary criticism was first suggested by anthropologists Catherine and Ronald Berndt, whose interest in Dreamings is based on a research period which spanned nearly 50 years,1sand T.
The Indigenous precedent of life-history (for example, Dreaming) was obscured by the ethnocentric assumptions of non-Indigenous readers, who, like Joy Hooton (1990), seem mesmerised by the textual structure and the manner of its production, rather than focussing on the cultural 40 knowledges present in the content. This central non-Indigenous supposition is a contention which I refute. Methodology and Structure: Deadly ~ i v e ? The background and history discussed in the previous sections inform both my methodological approach and the structure of this book.
Until the 1970s, academic responses to Indigenous stories came almost exclusively from anthropologists (Berndt and Bemdt 1989: 2), who, with a few exceptions (see below), did not treat them as literature. Dreamings and other 'traditional' stories were not perceived as the territory of literary critics, while the presence of ethnographic data cast life-writing into the sphere of anthropology. Anthropological discourse initially operated within a paradigm of collection and then as discourse that enunciated and displayed the politic~social/religiouslculturallives of 'others' for the scrutiny of academics.