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Intimate Australia: Body/Landscape Journals & The Paradox Of Belonging, Lisa Slater Jan 2007

Intimate Australia: Body/Landscape Journals & The Paradox Of Belonging, Lisa Slater

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Early in Body/Landscape Journals Margaret Somerville poses the question '[h]ow do I represent myself and the landscape?'. Throughout the heterogeneous textual topography that is Body/Landscape Journals she attempts to represent, indeed perform, her embodied relationship to place. As a historian, Somerville has collaborated with Aboriginal women to record their oral histories. These collaborative and intimate working processes have seemingly realigned Somerville's desires and writing practices toward Aboriginality. Body/Landscape Journals is an exploration and working through of her desire to write an embodied sense of belonging in Australia. Somerville suggests, citing Elizabeth Ferrier, that 'colonisation is ...


Is Any Body Home? - Rewriting The Crisis Ofbelonging In Margaret Sommerville's Body/Landscape Journals, Lisa Slater Jan 2002

Is Any Body Home? - Rewriting The Crisis Ofbelonging In Margaret Sommerville's Body/Landscape Journals, Lisa Slater

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Whilst attempting to write a paper about relationships to place, Margaret Somerville suffered from what she calls 'a crisis of the body.'. She was in the early stages of a collaborative writing project with four Aboriginal women in which she was recording their oral histories of their connection to place. She says of the proiect: The women gave me multiple selves, the different I's I want in the text: the pencil as opposed to the mouth, archaeologist, historian, oral historian, and so on, but the new question was how to write a bodily presence?