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'Benang: From the Heart and That Deadman Dance are both seminal examples of postcolonial historical novels by Kim Scott that consider ‘how much speaking’ and ‘what sort of speaking’ can occur in relation to portrayals of Indigenous subjects and traumatic histories of dispossession. Both Scott’s novels differently recruit a range of parodic narrative techniques to critique the monologistic language of colonialism. This essay examines how Scott recruits historiographic metafiction in Benang: From the Heart and That Deadman Dance to generate new metaphors of colonial power relations within the novel as heteroglossic text.' (Publication abstract)

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