Unearthing the Truth in Sally Morgan’s My Place
Author(s):
Dr. Sanghamitra Parhi
Keywords:
Aboriginal, Autobiography, Oral Tradition, Storytelling.
Abstract
Autobiography is considered one of the most widely used genres in Australian Aboriginal literature Some aboriginal authors focus on the oral background of indigenous autobiographies and others emphasize the historical factors. Storytelling has always been an essential part of an Aboriginal society as it represents the continuation of their unique culture and these stories revolve around life experiences. Not only is it valuable for the Indigenous people of Australia but also the Stolen Generation gets reconnected with their roots. Aboriginal autobiographies are primarily woven around oral backgrounds and storytelling techniques. European colonization has profoundly affected the lives of the Aboriginals of Australia. Colonization has snatched their history, identity, and native culture. The Aboriginal women authors through their autobiographies have regained their lost identities. Sally Morgan’s My Place is a story about the search for her Aboriginal roots and heritage. According to Newman Sally Morgan’s My Place “plays an important role in Australian Aboriginal literature because for the first time it provides non- Aboriginal readers with knowledge of hidden indigenous history” (“Race, Gender and Identity: My Place as autobiography, Who’s Place?”) Sally Morgan in her biographical book My Place presents the storytelling mode deeply connected with Aboriginal identity. This paper traces the effect of her grandmother’s oral stories on Sally Morgan’s life.
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Unique Paper ID: 156476

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 3

Page(s): 744 - 747
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