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1 "Why Raise Them to Die so Young?" : The Aesthetics of Fatalism in The Tall Man Jane Stenning , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man (2008) covers the circumstances surrounding the death in custody of Palm Island man Moordinyi. It has been praised for avoiding the codes of reporting that frame Indigenous Australians negatively, such as violent threats to the social order. In the mode of book-length literary journalism, Hooper places the events surrounding Moordinyi’s death within a broader context of dispossession and colonial violence. A stated aim of literary journalism is to engage ‘Other subjectivities’ in order to achieve a deeper understanding of perspective that cannot be accommodated in the typical news cycle. If this is so, it is important to identify how the indigenous subject position has been constituted in this text. Using tools of framing analysis, this paper will illustrate how another typical and negative frame organises the text. The Tall Man deploys a ‘fatalist’ frame which tends to position indigenous people as ill-destined victims. Given the text’s ‘literary’ credentials, which carry with them a degree of cultural authority, it is important to consciously draw out these elements which reinforce a sense of hopelessness, and which tend to mirror the kinds of unequal social relations which the text itself sets out to challenge.' (Publication abstract)
1 The Ocean with Skin Jane Stenning , 1995 single work short story
— Appears in: Sugarmouth: UTS Writers' Anthology 1995; (p. 101-110)
1 Waitress' Hands Jane Stenning , 1994 single work short story
— Appears in: Fibs and Fallen Angels : UTS Writers' Group 10th Anthology 1994; (p. 105-110)
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