Reading settler belonging: Martina Horáková, ‘Memoirs of (Postcolonial) Belonging: Peter Read’s Belonging and Mark McKenna’s Looking for Blackfella’s Point’, ZfA/ASJ, 2 9, 2 0 1 5, pp. 7-26
Excerpt: For European scholars, the discourse surrounding the nature of relationships between Australian settlers and Indigenous population, particularly in relation to the legitimacy of belonging in the land, holds an intriguing aura. As cultural and spatial outsiders, we may feel overwhelmed by the intensity of some Australian public intellectuals’ responses to what might be variously termed “spatial anxiety,” “postcolonial/white guilt,” or “disturbed” sense of belonging (Slater n.pag.). The period of the late 1990s and early 2000s in Australia certainly offered an interesting moment in which this intensity was particularly visible and vocal.
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