Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling by Larissa Behrendt

By Larissa Behrendt

A very important Aboriginal standpoint on colonial storytelling Indigenous legal professional and author Larissa Behrendt has lengthy been fascinated with the tale of Eliza Fraser, who was once purportedly captured by way of the neighborhood Butchulla humans after she was once shipwrecked on their island in 1836. during this deeply own publication, Behrendt makes use of Eliza’s story as a place to begin to interrogate how Aboriginal humans – and indigenous humans of alternative nations – were portrayed of their colonizers’ tales. bringing up works as different as Robinson Crusoe and Coonardoo, she explores the tropes in those bills, corresponding to the meant promiscuity of Aboriginal ladies, the Europeans’ fixation on cannibalism, and the parable of the noble savage. finally, Behrendt exhibits how those tales not just replicate the values in their storytellers but in addition strengthen these values – which in Australia ended in the dispossession of Aboriginal humans and the legislation enforced opposed to them.

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