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Type: Journal article
Title: Fishermen and little fish: migration and hospitality in Maxine Beneba Clarke’s ‘The Stilt Fishermen of Kathaluwa’
Author: Edwards, N.
Hogarth, C.
Citation: Portal, 2016; 13(2):1-10
Publisher: UTS ePRESS
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1449-2490
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Natalie Edwards, Christopher Hogarth
Abstract: In this article, we argue that Maxine Beneba Clarke’s tale ‘The Stilt Fishermen of Kathaluwa,’ in Foreign Soil (2014), is a provocative representation of migration in contemporary Australia. At a time in which the world is facing its largest migration since the Second World War and in which Australian border policy is making headlines around the world, Clarke’s tale is a powerful intervention in discourses of contemporary Australian identity and nationhood. We demonstrate that the tale is a subtle manipulation of what McCullough terms the ‘refugee narrative structure’ since it carefully undercuts the myth of a nation as a coherent narrative across time and space. By juxtaposing the tales of an illegal migrant and a volunteer case worker, and by setting the tale largely in a functioning detention centre, Clarke gives voice to the voiceless and draws parallels between individuals on different sides of the insider/outsider binary. The encounter that finally takes place between them implicates the reader very directly in discourses of contemporary migration and border policy.
Keywords: Australia; migration; refugees; borders; hospitality; detention centres; narratives of nationhood; Maxine Benebe Clarke; The Stilt Fisherman of Kathaluwa; Foreign Soil
Description: Published 09/08/2016
Rights: © 2016 by Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) License ( licenses/by/4.0/), allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
RMID: 0030054316
DOI: 10.5130/portal.v13i2.4891
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