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'The focus is on the representations of indigenous cultures and customs in Katharine Susannah Prichard's short fiction (1929-1959) and in Sia Figiel's short story cycle Where We Once Belonged (1996). If the white Australian writer's narratives interpret the Aboriginal perspective, Samoan Sia Figiel, instead, tells her stories from the point of view of her own people. The paper aims at investigating the different narrative modes and emotional approaches of two writers, removed in place and time, prompted by diverse, but converging, reasons to denounce the effects of white colonization on native peoples. Prichard's commitment to socialism and realist writing determined her passionate involvement in the Aboriginal cause and her dealing with the problematic issues of exploitation and power structures. On the other hand, Figiel's indigenous voice, modulated through the typically South Pacific structure of su'ifefiloi, conveys a composite oral heritage meant to contrast western cultural impositions, and to assert the natives' right to tell their own stories in their own words.' (283)

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    y Drops of Light Coalescing : Studies for Maria Teresa Bindella Antonella Riem Natale (editor), Angelo Righetti (editor), Udine : Forum , 2010 Z1729799 2010 anthology criticism essay poetry short story autobiography The writings collected in this book pay homage to the academic credited with relevant studies on canonical authors like Scott, Hardy and Stevenson, and to the explorer who ventured into the new waters of colonial and post-colonial literatures in English, as well as to the teacher who, wanting to give her students first-hand experience of this subject, convened conferences and organized meetings with writers and critics from Australia, Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific. The volume contains papers in English and Italian touching on her academic fields of interest or covering interrelated research areas, and creative pieces or short memoirs by writers and colleagues (Italian and international), friends, former students – all of whom have had the opportunity and pleasure of appreciating Maria Teresa Bindella’s contribution in her various capacities over the years (publisher website). Udine : Forum , 2010 pg. 199-210
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