Aboriginal mobilities and colonial serial fiction

Galletly, Sarah (2021) Aboriginal mobilities and colonial serial fiction. Australian Literary Studies, 36 (1).

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Abstract

This article combines Indigenous mobility studies with recent work on seriality and periodical form to examine how the structural necessities of serialised periodical fiction reinforced representations of settler and Aboriginal mobilities for Australian readers across the nineteenth century. It considers the limits or gaps in the project of Australian settlement that these serial texts highlight through an exploration of how settler authors formulated ideologically acceptable and more ‘suspect’ manifestations of Aboriginal mobilities and persistence. Building upon Katherine Bode’s work in World of Fiction (2018) on Aboriginal presence in nineteenth-century Australian periodical fiction, this article considers how the structure of the serial itself worked to reinforce–and occasionally disrupt–perceptions of Aboriginal-settler frontier violence and white supremacy. It also explores moments of settler discomfort and unsettlement in these serial texts that operate as counterpoints to the larger imperatives of this periodical fiction to support and reinforce the colonial project. By aligning the disruptive potential of these serial narratives and their representations of Aboriginal and settler mobilities, I argue we can uncover moments when these texts appear to resist the rhetoric of forward momentum and advancement traditionally associated with narratives of colonial modernity.

Item ID: 70881
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1837-6479
Keywords: Periodicals, Settler colonialism, Aboriginal mobilities, Settler mobilities, Frontier violence, Mobility studies, Nineteenth Century Serials.
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Funders: European Research Council (ERC)
Projects and Grants: ERC Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 23:54
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470502 Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 100%
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