First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship (Paperback)
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First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship (Paperback)

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Paperback 268 Pages / Published: 01/01/2012
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In this innovative exploration, told-to narratives, or collaboratively produced texts by Aboriginal storytellers and (usually) non-Aboriginal writers, are not romanticized as unmediated translations of oral documents, nor are they dismissed as corruptions of original works. Rather, the approach emphasizes the interpenetration of authorship and collaboration. Focused on the 1990s, when debates over voice and representation were particularly explosive, this captivating study examines a range of told-to narratives in conjunction with key political events that have shaped the struggle for Aboriginal rights to reveal how these narratives impact larger debates about Indigenous voice and literary and political sovereignty.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774819800
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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I must begin by saying that this book has had more impact on me than any other scholarly text written by a non-Aboriginal person that I have read in years...A deeply thoughtful, extensively researched text, First Person Plural brings new ways of thinking about collaborations between Aboriginal storytellers and their non-Aboriginal associates...Whenever I open the book, I find myself totally engaged, often entranced, with a point the author is making. Sometimes I want to argue with her and then, as I keep reading, I see how she has nuanced each claim she makes, twisting herself to see from varied perspectives while constantly seeking an ethical stance.

-- Celia Haig-Brown, York University * Journal of the Canadian Association for the Curriculum Studies V10, N2 *
First Person Plural is a wide ranging, nuanced and perceptive book, one that researchers and writers will find extremely helpful in thinking through issues of collaboration. I recommend it very highly. -- Elizabeth Yeoman, Memorial University * Canadian Journal of Native Studies, XXXI, 2 *

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