English Seminar: Land Rights/Rites
Evelyn Corr, University of Sydney
Land Rights/Rites: Aboriginal Responses to the Post-Mabo Turn
By charting the discursive conflict between settler literary aestheticisation of Native Title as simultaneously a triumphalist moment of bicentennial unity, and a haunting realisation of the crimes of dispossession, this paper seeks to interrogate a range of Aboriginal problematisations of what Kieran Dolin and Geoff Rodoreda have termed the “post-Mabo” turn of settler Australian literature. In addition to their articulations of the cultural, material, and political praxis of Aboriginal sovereignty and custodianship over Aboriginal land, recent publications such as Melissa Lucashenko’s Mullumbimby (2013), John Kinsella and Charmaine Paper-Talk Greene’s False Claims of Colonial Thieves (2018) and Alexis Wright’s Tracker (2018), have sought to disrupt literary strategies of reconciliation and recognition in their writing of Native Title and its consequences for Aboriginal communities. In reading these refusals of the symbolic codes of aesthetic historical responsibility against and alongside agents of the post-Mabo turn, this paper situates the post-Mabo turn as an extension of the colonial logics of elimination, as opposed to a resolution of them.
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