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"Tracking Precarious Lives in Stephen Kinnane's Shadow Lines"



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Stephen Kinnane; Shadow Lines; Indigenous inter-generational colaborative life writing; interracial marriage; appropriating the archive
Description Stephen Kinnane's Shadow Lines (2003) pertains to the genre of Indigenous inter-generational life writing in which the younger generation of Indigenous writers substitutes white editors in recording the lives and memories of their own families and community elders, thus seizing a greater amount of control over the representations of Australian Indigenetiy. Kinnane extends the genre by appropriating the tools of colonial domination, most notably the archive, and by inscribing, in a self-reflective way, his own subjectivity in the text. As a result, Shadow Lines is a multilayered narrative that presents a functional and contented interracial marriage and family life of Kinnane's grandparents, as a way of counteracting the close regulation and policing of Aboriginality in the early twentieth-century Western Australia. In addition, Kinnane juxtaposes the archival materials to other sources of information, mostly the orally transmitted memories of relatives and friends, thus reclaiming the agency of his ancestors and providing a truthful representation of their lives and the lives of the local Indigenous community.
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