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Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999 Benang : From the Heart
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'Oceanic in its rhythms and understanding, brilliant in its use of language and image, moving in its largeness of spirit, compelling in its narrative scope and style, Benang is a novel of celebration and lament, of beginning and return, of obliteration and recovery, of silencing and of powerful utterance. Both tentative and daring, it speaks to the present and a possible future through stories, dreams, rhythms, songs, images and documents mobilised from the incompletely acknowledged and still dynamic past.' (Publisher's website)

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Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille, e-book, and electronic source.
  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1999 .
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      Extent: 500p.
      Description: illus., port.
      Reprinted: 2005 , 2009 , 2002 , 2001
      ISBN: 9781863682404 (pbk), 1863682406 (pbk)
    • New Delhi,
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      India,
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      South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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      Penguin Books India ,
      2003 .
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      Extent: 502p.
      ISBN: 0143029843
    • North Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2017 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 500p.
      Edition info: 2nd edition
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 27th February 2017
      ISBN: 9781925164442
      Series: y Treasures Series Fremantle Press Treasures Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2016 9260103 2016 series - publisher prose 'To celebrate over forty years of publishing, Fremantle Press presents the Treasures series. These special editions of much-loved Australian stories will be a treasure for those who know them and a treat for new readers.' (Source: Publisher's website)
Language: French
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Titled As: Benang /​ Kim Scott ; Roman Traduit de L'anglais (Australie) par Pierre Girard.
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Alternative Titled: Benang. French.
    • Arles,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Actes Sud ,
      2002 .
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      Extent: 471p.
      ISBN: 2742738134

Works about this Work

y Ice Dreaming : Reading Whitemess in Kim Scott's Benang : from the Heart Kristyn Evelyn Harman , Tasmania : 2004 8612232 single work thesis

'Through a close reading of Kim Scott's Benang: from the heart, this thesis interrogates what whiteness in an Australian colonial context looks like from an Aboriginal perspective. Its central proposition is that Scott's narrator, Harley, discovers whiteness as a consequence of discovering his Aboriginality...' (Source: Abstract)

form y Kim Scott Lecture Edith Cowan University, Kurongkurl Katitjin School of Indigenous Australian Studies , Perth : Edith Cowan University, Kurongkurl Katitjin School of Indigenous Australian Studies , 2001 8612083 single work film/TV criticism

Kim discusses some of the processes that he used to research, draft and edit Benang.

Fever in the Archive Anna Haebich , single work criticism
— Appears in: Humanities Australia , no. 5 2014; (p. 23-35)

Anna Haebich investigates how the West Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs archives (1898-1972) have been utilised by Indigenous writers/researchers.

Troubling Language : Storytelling and Sovereignty in Kim Scott’s Benang Hilary Emmett , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature 2016; (p. 165-178)

'‘[I]t is far, far easier for me to sing than write, because this language troubles me, makes me feel as if I am walking across the earth which surrounds salt lakes, that thin earth upon which it is best to tread warily, skims lightly…’ (Scott, Benang 8). In these words, drawn from the opening lines of the Noongar author Kim Scott's Benang (1999) which won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the English language is shown to destabilize the narrator’s relation to the land, rendering it tenuous and fragile. My account of teaching the novel is therefore founded on the premise that the issue of sovereignty and its relation to language is a key node in the network of resources we use to teach Indigenous Australian literature. Taking as its point of departure Fiona Nicoll's 2004 argument on sovereignty and critical whiteness theory, my essay explores the way that the recognition of Indigenous sovereignty is performed by the relation between text and reader set up by all Scott's novels. In his work, land and storytelling, ownership and history are inextricably connected. I propose that in Benang this performance comes about through the novel's initial withholding of hospitality, in conjunction with the reader's responsibility for seeking hospitality through acts of introduction, as well as the reader's willingness to accept the text's right "not to enter into relationships, to 'not be with me" (Sara Ahmed qtd. in Nicoll). By recognizing all these relations teachers of Scott’s work may be able to reintegrate the ‘socio-historical’ and ‘literary theoretical’ approaches to Indigenous writing that have been separated and hierarchized (e.g., the idea that historical and cultural understand must precede theoretical analysis) by some recent reflections on the ethics of teaching Indigenous literatures (Ballyn 44). My own teaching practise bears out the need to acknowledge the ways in which historical, legal, and literary discourses have sustained, performed, and masked the process of colonial dispossession and its attendant violence in Australia. However, thematization of reading, writing, and storytelling in Benang, the experimentality of Scott's work, and his virtuosic use of language ultimately demand that we engage that work as literature, not as social history, for all that social history will offer us entry into, and be opened up in turn by, an understanding of certain aspects of Aboriginal experience at particular moments in the settling of Australia. ' (Introduction)

"Dreaming" Worldview Underpinning the Interpretation of Benang :From the Heart Hong-ying Gong , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , July vol. 35 no. 4 2016; (p. 87-91)

An analysis of Aboriginal 'dreaming' through Kim Scott's Benang : From the Heart.

"Benang : From the Heart" Gordon Briscoe , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 21 no. 1997; (p. 228-240)

— Review of Benang : From the Heart Kim Scott 1999 single work novel
The Pain of Finding One's Voice Jennifer Moran , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 March 1999; (p. 24)

— Review of Benang : From the Heart Kim Scott 1999 single work novel
Colour My World : Fighting Free from the Virtual Prison of Race Gerry Turcotte , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 June 1999; (p. 9)

— Review of Benang : From the Heart Kim Scott 1999 single work novel
Nyoongar Man John Donnelly , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 211 1999; (p. 29-30)

— Review of Benang : From the Heart Kim Scott 1999 single work novel
New Indigenous Fiction Anita Heiss , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , Winter vol. 59 no. 2 1999; (p. 191-196)

— Review of Benang : From the Heart Kim Scott 1999 single work novel ; Black Angels, Red Blood Steven McCarthy 1998 single work novel
Making Strange Men : Resistance and Reconciliation in Kim Scott's Benang Lisa Slater , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Resistance and Reconciliation : Writing in the Commonwealth 2003; (p. 358-370)
Shouting Back : Kathryn Trees Talks to Kim Scott about His Writing Kathryn Trees (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 10 no. 1 1995; (p. 20-21)
'The First White Man Born' : Miscegenation and Identity in Kim Scott's Benang Tony Birch , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining Australia : Literature and Culture in the New New World 2004; (p. 137-157)
Elder Tells Her People's Story Jodi Hoffmann , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 10 August no. 357 2005; (p. 27)
Kim Scott's Benang : Monstrous (Textual) Bodies Lisa Slater , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 65 no. 1 2005; (p. 63-73)
Slater contends that 'Throughout Benang, Scott suggests that it is the body's openness to the environment that unsettled the colonisers and made them determine that to establish and maintain sovereignty it was necessary to make a white nation.'
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