Sarah Galletly, ‘Serial Representations of First Nations Peoples and Settler Belonging in The Queenslander‘, JASL 22, no. 2 (2022).
This article examines serial representations of Indigenous peoples in colonial periodical fiction to explore settler anxieties around colonisation and the fragile nature of settler belonging. It builds upon periodical scholar Elizabeth Sheehan’s articulation of seriality’s “role as a technique of repetition that helps to produce and reproduce subjects and groups” to consider the extent to which the serial (re)production of representations of Indigenous peoples in colonial texts works both to support and unsettle settler colonial subject formations and identities (31). Focusing mainly on the 1880 Christmas Supplement of the Queenslander, this study explores how two interdependent modes of seriality—continuity and subject formation—can be productively traced within a single issue of a periodical (Sheehan 35, 37).