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In the company of a guide: guidebooks to indigenous Australia


Clarke, R, In the company of a guide: guidebooks to indigenous Australia, Studies in Travel Writing pp. 1-27. ISSN 1364-5145 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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This paper is examines travel guides to Indigenous Australia, focusing on predominantly Aboriginal-authored texts. Acknowledging the body of work that has critiqued travel guides as mediators of oppressive cultural discourses, I am as much concerned with the risks inherent in these texts, as I am interested in their potential as sites of authorship and reading that enable anti-colonial ambitions. Two questions animate my discussion. First: to what extent are Aboriginal guidebooks consistent with conventional understandings of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians? And second, how do these texts influence tourist activity in ways that respect Aboriginal sovereignty?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:travel guides, Australia, Aboriginality
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Clarke, R (Dr Robert Clarke)
ID Code:145278
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:English
Deposited On:2021-07-14
Last Modified:2021-09-17

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