[csaa-forum] Distribution of Settlement - book launch

Michael Griffiths mickg at uow.edu.au
Thu Jan 24 16:12:46 ACST 2019

The Distribution of Settlement: Appropriation and Refusal in Australian Literature and Culture (UWAP 2018) By Michael R. Griffiths

Book Launch

When: Sat. February 2nd, 2019 from 4pm–6pm
Where: Better Read Than Dead ; 265 King St Newtown, NSW 2042.

Join Michael Griffiths for a discussion of appropriation and misrepresentation in, and Indigenous critiques of, 20th Century Australian literature.
Michael will be in-conversation with Eve Vincent and Evelyn Araluen.


Eve Vincent is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University. Her book ‘Against Native Title’: Everyday Aboriginal Identities in Outback Australia, was published by Aboriginal Studies Press. Eve is the co-editor of Unstable Relations: Indigenous People and Environmentalism in Contemporary Australia (UWA, 2016) and History, Power, Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies (UTS ePRESS, 2014).

Evelyn Araluen is a teacher and researcher working in Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. In 2017 she was the winner of the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. Born, raised, and writing in Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.

Michael R. Griffiths lectures in English and Writing at the University of Wollongong. His work has appeared in such venues as Settler Colonial Studies, Discourse, Postcolonial Studies and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature amongst many others. Michael edited the book Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture (Routledge 2016) and coedited a special issue (with Bruno Cornellier) of Settler Colonial Studies titled ‘Globalising Unsettlement.’

Settler representations of Indigenous culture and identity weigh heavily on the way Indigenous people tell their stories in the present. The Distribution of Settlement engages closely with the history of non-Indigenous representations of Aboriginality by telling a story about the role of appropriation and misrepresentation in twentieth century Australian literature and culture before moving to read the way Indigenous writers and intellectuals engage with—or refuse to engage with—this legacy. The book also turns to the legacy of these acts on and in the work of contemporary Aboriginal writers such as Kim Scott, Alexis Wright, Tony Birch and Tara June Winch.

"The Distribution of Settlement is an important milestone in the ongoing conversation between settler and Indigenous literary histories. In its examination of Indigenous opacity and refusal, this book refocuses interest on the ethics of reading and reinvigorates pressing current debates about cross-cultural engagements. It’s essential reading for all readers of Australian literature."
Associate Professor Anne Brewster, University of New South Wales

UWA Publishing.

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