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Article: Liminality and communitas in literary representations of aboriginal and Asian encounters

TitleLiminality and communitas in literary representations of aboriginal and Asian encounters
Authors
KeywordsCommunitas
Aboriginal and Asian relations
Liminality
Invasion narratives
Diaspora
Issue Date2018
Citation
Journal of Australian Studies, 2018, v. 42, n. 4, p. 475-490 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2018 International Australian Studies Association. The dynamic relationship between Aboriginal groups and ethnic immigrants in Australia remains theoretically unconstructed as it largely falls outside the binaries of race and ethnicity. Historically, Aboriginal people have developed longstanding contacts with Asian groups, traversing national, cultural, sexual and legislative boundaries. Although indigeneity and diaspora embody disparate and even opposite meanings, there are synergies between diasporic identities and Aboriginal people who suffer from dislocation due to the enduring impact of colonisation and migration. The postcolonial adaptation of liminality or threshold may provide an apt framework for theorising the literary representation of a convergence of border-crossing and diasporic experiences of Aboriginal and Asian Australians in the marginal, interstitial and in-between spaces. Due to a shared predicament and a sense of comradeship, Aboriginal–Asian encounters forge communitas, which does not suggest inherent subversiveness or unproblematic co-option. This paper considers Ubby’s Underdogs (2011, 2013) by Brenton E. McKenna and A Most Peculiar Act (2014) by Marie Munkara to explore Aboriginal–Asian relations under the White Australia policy. Through the recurrent theme of Japanese and imaginary Chinese invasions, these novels complicate the crossings in the porous and precarious borderlands, remap the intersecting power relations and reroute Aboriginal characters back to the centre.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/279360
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 0.311
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.143

 

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dc.contributor.authorDaozhi, Xu-
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-28T03:02:27Z-
dc.date.available2019-10-28T03:02:27Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Australian Studies, 2018, v. 42, n. 4, p. 475-490-
dc.identifier.issn1444-3058-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/279360-
dc.description.abstract© 2018 International Australian Studies Association. The dynamic relationship between Aboriginal groups and ethnic immigrants in Australia remains theoretically unconstructed as it largely falls outside the binaries of race and ethnicity. Historically, Aboriginal people have developed longstanding contacts with Asian groups, traversing national, cultural, sexual and legislative boundaries. Although indigeneity and diaspora embody disparate and even opposite meanings, there are synergies between diasporic identities and Aboriginal people who suffer from dislocation due to the enduring impact of colonisation and migration. The postcolonial adaptation of liminality or threshold may provide an apt framework for theorising the literary representation of a convergence of border-crossing and diasporic experiences of Aboriginal and Asian Australians in the marginal, interstitial and in-between spaces. Due to a shared predicament and a sense of comradeship, Aboriginal–Asian encounters forge communitas, which does not suggest inherent subversiveness or unproblematic co-option. This paper considers Ubby’s Underdogs (2011, 2013) by Brenton E. McKenna and A Most Peculiar Act (2014) by Marie Munkara to explore Aboriginal–Asian relations under the White Australia policy. Through the recurrent theme of Japanese and imaginary Chinese invasions, these novels complicate the crossings in the porous and precarious borderlands, remap the intersecting power relations and reroute Aboriginal characters back to the centre.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Australian Studies-
dc.subjectCommunitas-
dc.subjectAboriginal and Asian relations-
dc.subjectLiminality-
dc.subjectInvasion narratives-
dc.subjectDiaspora-
dc.titleLiminality and communitas in literary representations of aboriginal and Asian encounters-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14443058.2018.1531296-
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dc.identifier.volume42-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage475-
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