Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Speaking the Suffering Indigene : 'Native' Songs and Laments, 1820-1850
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'This article considers the many short poems published by settlers in British colonies and the United States in the early decades of the nineteenth century in which settlers voiced their concern about the suffering of indigenous peoples in the face of colonisation. Though the indigenous peoples in question were very different from one another, and the nature of colonisation in the various colonies and states by no means identical, this verse shows a remarkable homogeneity of style and tone, being an expression of a common evangelical tradition and a shared fascination with the indigenous Other. The article argues that while these poems were certainly conditioned by an ideology of European superiority, and raise issues of paternalism and agency, they were sincere expressions of outrage and sorrow, and should therefore be accorded more weight than they are usually granted by postcolonial critics.' Source: The author.

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    y Kunapipi vol. 31 no. 1 2009 Z1766481 2009 periodical issue 2009 pg. 47-59
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47-59 Speaking the Suffering Indigene : 'Native' Songs and Laments, 1820-1850AustLit Kunapipi
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