Kim Scott's Benang: Monstrous (textual) bodies
I N KlM SCOTT'S Benang,] bodies in excess of, or incompatible with, assimilationist and eugenicist discourse, narrate and make sense of theit world. Scott has composed a novel that opens up a space to affirm and re-articulate subjectivities, and hence challenge the fantasy of a uniform civic body. Although he is the body w h o mediates the plurality of stories, his voice does not synthesise heterogeneous stories into a unified and coherent whole. Instead, Harley's narrative—like his performance—creates a meeting place where diverse and multifarious stories are articulated. Scott introduces the reader to Harley as a hybrid, floating being:
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