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By Linda Westphalen

Examines existence heritage writing by way of Australian Aboriginal girls within the context of negotiations approximately one's prestige and claims to nation. This publication makes use of a methodological mixture of literary research, historical past and anthropology to attract out the special cultural heritages held in palimpsest inside texts.

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The process of selection was a mixture of establishing a set of criteria which guided my decisions, ethical 6 I regret that 1 was unable to explore the writing of Torres Strait Islanders. See also the section on Definitions below. 17 considerations and circumstance, in addition to my own history as an English teacher and as an academic. First, I wanted to explore texts by Indigenous women, partly to contest their absence (as both women and as Indigenous people) in the Honours topic in Australian Autobiography which I completed in 1991, two years before I began my doctorate.

In 1995, midway through the period in question, Adam Shoemaker (1995: 73-4) examined whether discussions over 'aboriginal rights' [sic] had influenced the rapid growth of First Nations' literatures. Despite being unable to identify a 'cause and effect' model between political climate and discourse, and literary production, his answer seems to be that it did (1995: 75). Given the proliferation of personal histories written by Indigenous women in Australia and published since 1987-beginning with the publication of Sally Morgan's My Place-I do not think this convergence between political discourse and literary production is coincidence.

5 million. 8 4 There is contention in the Queensland Aboriginal community about Roberta Sykes' identity as an Aboriginal person, however, I do not consider this a question which should be asked or answered by non-Indigenous researchers. ' Glenda Korporaal, in a report for the Australian Society of Authors, also indicates that the market interest in Australian writing had increased significantly in the late 1980s. Overall the eighties have seen a big increase in Australian-originated publishing.

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