How does one read across cultural boundaries? The multitude of creative texts, performance practices, and artworks produced by Indigeus writers and artists in contemporary Australia calls upon Anglo-European academic readers, viewers, and critics to respond to this critical question. Contributors address a plethora of creative works by Indigeus writers, poets, playwrights, filmmakers, and painters, including Richard Frankland, Lionel Fogarty, Lin Onus, Kim Scott, Sam Watson, and Alexis Wright, as well as Durrudiya song cycles and works by Western Desert artists. The complexity of these creative works transcends categorical boundaries of Western art, aesthetics, and literature, demanding new processes of reading and response. Other contributors address works by n-Indigeus writers and filmmakers such as Stephen Muecke, Katrina Schlunke, Margaret Somerville, and Jeni Thornley, all of whom actively engage in questioning their complicity with the past in order to challenge Western modes of kwledge and understanding and to enter into a more self-critical and authentically ethical dialogue with the Other. In probing the limitations of Anglo-European kwledge-systems, essays in this volume lay the groundwork for entering into a more authentic dialogue with Indigeus writers and critics.
Beate Neumeier is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Cologne. Her research is in gender, performance, and postcolonial studies. Editor of the e-journal Gender Forum and the database GenderInn, she has published books on English Renaissance and contemporary anglophone drama, contemporary American and British-Jewish literature, and women's writing. Kay Schaffer, an Adjunct Professor in Gender Studies and Social Analysis at the University of Adelaide, is the author of ten books and numerous articles at the intersections of gender, culture, and literary studies. Her recent publications address the Stolen Generations in Australia, life narratives in human rights campaigns, and readings of contemporary Chinese women writers.