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An anthology that presents a panorama of Aboriginal culture, history, and life. It brings together journalism, petitions, and political letters from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and major works of poetry, prose, and drama from the mid-twentieth century onward.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by McGill-Queen's University Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Australia for me has generally meant sun-baked vacations, family reunions, the coconut smell of sunblock, standing with my feet in the South Pacific, sandy-kneed, watching the sun go down. I have been here for work too, in the past, poking around two-bit mining towns in the middle of outback WA and drinking schooners of Toohey's New at makeshift bars lifted straight out of Slim Dusty songs; but even the most venerable cultural throwbacks here only point up a history of the last century or two at ...more
A really useful book for anyone interested in the indigenous literature of Australia. There is an introduction which explores the development of indigenous writing since the early days of colonisation, tracks the phases of that development and culminates in the flowering of contemporary forms of poetry and prose.
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Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a class I am attending at university I am starting to learn there is a huge range of literature that I have never heard of. This class has a focus on indigenous Australian literature. I'm not sure what that means to you and still working out what that term means to me. We have been reading the Macquarie Anthology of Aboriginal Literature. I don't often read anthologies as I don't have a great interest in short pieces, however I do enjoy poems. I found it difficult at the beginning but starte ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shows how political Aboriginal literature has been from the get-go. The huge impact of the effect of the stolen generation is clear. Leftists might get a laugh out of the fact Noel Pearson has not given permission for his chapter to be included in the ebook at the time of writing. It's just his name and a short bio then a blank.
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing 'in their own words' survey of English-language Aboriginal literature. The book includes excerpts and full works in a variety of formats including letters, poetry, prose, plays and song lyrics. It opens with a letter from Bennelong to Mr Philips in 1796, and closes with an excerpt from Swallow the Air (2006) by Tara June Winch.

An important work for anyone interested in Australian history, voices of protest, and activism politics. I also think this would be a great introduction to Austral
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Superb although, perhaps in a very real sense, dated by its choice of focus.

This anthology accompanies the larger Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and it is a worthy decision to give Aboriginal Literature its own volume entirely. The power of the material contained herein is at times overwhelming. Heiss and Minter collect letters and speeches given from the early 19th century through to the middle of the 20th century, with more focus on traditional "literature", i.e. poetry and f
Stuart Cooke
it's hard to recall another 250 pages with a similar amount of intensity
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading this book I couldn’t believe that when I was at school and when I worked at schools we were studying more literature written by First Nations people. There are so many amazing options that I feel that we’re letting down our society and losing the opportunity to create a richer more understanding Australia. It felt a bit hard at times so I’ll suggest you read it on & off but definitely recommend reading it! ...more
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Anita is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors, publishing across genres, including non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction and children’s novels.

Her adult fiction includes Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming, Paris Dreaming and Tiddas. Her most

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