The international reception of Kim Scott’s works: a case study featuring Benang

Whitlock, Gillian, and Osborne, Roger (2016) The international reception of Kim Scott’s works: a case study featuring Benang. In: Wheeler, Belinda, (ed.) A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott. Camden House, Rochester, NY, USA, pp. 74-87.

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[Excerpt]: This chapter draws on recent trends in Australian literary criticism to scan new horizons for readings of Kim Scott’s novel Benang (1999) and to consider what these readings indicate about the networks that shape various scenes of reading and interpretive communities for the production and reception of Australian Indigenous writing.1 Scott is devoted to the language and country of the Noongar people and this inspires the generic and linguistic innovation of Benang and That Deadman Dance (2010), as well as the innovative collaborative life writing of Kayang and Me (2005). Benang and its author travel out of country and offshore on the currents of international book festivals and prizes and the transnational scholarly networks of Australian literary studies, postcolonialism, and Indigenous literature. This chapter is, in part, a history of Benang— we are interested in overseas publications and translations, and in pursuing this book and its author in an international literary space beyond the horizon of the nation. It also explores some transnational scenes of reading that produce different communities of interpretation for Benang in venues such as conferences and online sites, where the novel has a distinctive career, and the history of the Noongar people speaks to other histories and “memoryscapes” of dispossession, dispersal, and genocide (Phillips and Reyes, 14).

Item ID: 57847
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-57113-949-8
Keywords: Australian literature; Aboriginal literature; Publishing studies
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2016 by the Editors and Contributors
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 02:17
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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