Making strange men: resistance and reconciliation in Kim Scott's Benang
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This is a collection of papers from the 2001 Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) conference: a small selection of the many presentations over several days. The opening editorial is defensive about its Commonwealth self-identity, and so it ought to be since some of the places covered by papers here (Singapore, India, the Caribbean, etc.) have long since gone their own way. On the other hand, the collection is generally upbeat about literature and the role it plays in what are often post-Commonwealth nations. I'll focus in this review on the contributions dealing with Australia, where the Commonwealth, of course, is still in business.