Nigger's Leap : New England single work   poetry   "The eastward spurs tip backward from the sun."
Issue Details: First known date: 1945 1945
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  • Appears in:
    y Meanjin Papers vol. 4 no. 2 Winter 1945 Z616906 1945 periodical issue 1945 pg. 85
  • Appears in:
    y Jindyworobak Anthology, 1946 Ian Mudie (editor), 1946 Z337672 1946 periodical issue 1946 pg. 63-64
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    y The Moving Image : Poems Judith Wright , Melbourne : Meanjin Press , 1946 Z561140 1946 selected work poetry

    The Moving Image is a collection of poems by Judith Wright.

    Melbourne : Meanjin Press , 1946
    pg. 23
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    y Five Senses : Selected Poems Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 Z563031 1963 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 pg. 11
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Idiom : An Anthology of Contemporary Prose and Poetry Harry Payne Heseltine (editor), Melbourne : Cheshire , 1963 Z333209 1963 anthology short story poetry extract criticism Melbourne : Cheshire , 1963 pg. 218
  • Appears in:
    y Six Voices : Contemporary Australian Poets Chris Wallace-Crabbe (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 Z66424 1963 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963
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    y Judith Wright : Collected Poems, 1942-1970 Judith Wright , Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z563360 1971 selected work poetry Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 pg. 15-16
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    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 pg. 195-196
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    y A Human Pattern : Selected Poems Judith Wright , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 Z9022 1990 selected work poetry (taught in 3 units)

    'Judith Wright's own definitive selection of her poetry, covering the best and most memorable of her remarkable oeuvre.

    'From the elegant and moving precision of the first collection, The Moving Image (1946), to the political passion of Phantom Dwelling (1985), Wright's poetry speaks with intelligence and courage - and gracefully sensuous imagery.

    'Forty years of poetic production from Australia's best-loved poet.' (Publication summary)

    North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
    pg. 8
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    y An Anthology of Commonwealth Poetry C. D. Narasimhaiah (editor), Chennai : Macmillan , 1990 Z1176727 1990 anthology poetry Chennai : Macmillan , 1990 pg. 84-85
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems 1942-1985 Judith Wright , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z501989 1994 selected work poetry war literature satire (taught in 8 units) Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 15-16
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    y Bridgings : Readings in Australian Women's Poetry Rose Lucas (editor), Lyn McCredden (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 Z219096 1996 anthology poetry criticism extract South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 3
  • Appears in:
    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 193-194
  • Appears in:
    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 593-594
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    y Antipodes : Poetic Responses Margaret Bradstock (editor), Putney : Phoenix Education , 2011 Z1760960 2011 anthology poetry extract Antipodes, representing poets born between 1790 and 1983, provides a wonderful introduction to the changing views of Australia and its history over the past two hundred years as well as to the excellent poetry that is part of our heritage. -- Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby (from the Foreword) Putney : Phoenix Education , 2011 pg. 30

Works about this Work

No More Boomerang? 'Nigger's Leap' and 'Five Bells' Leigh Dale , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , 1 March vol. 37 no. 1 2013; (p. 48-61)
'This essay argues that Judith Wright's poem "Nigger's Leap" is a reply to Kenneth Slessor's "Five Bells", within the context of discussions about Slessor's and Wright's attitudes towards colonialism and colonial history. The essay also discusses Gail Jones' novel Five Bells and its engagement with Slessor's poem, arguing that metaphors of sound and musical repetition offer a useful way of understanding the structure of Jones' novel and the relationship between novel and poem.' (Author's abstract)
7th Australian Poetry Festival : Inventing the Tradition Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Spring vol. 17 no. 4 2010; (p. 6-13)
'An Entangled Kind of Haunting' : Judith Wright and Uncanny Australia Toby Davidson , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Philament , December no. 13 2008; (p. 1-19)
'Ken Gelder and Jane Jacobs' Uncanny Australia (1998), along with Judith Wright's poetry, analyses and responds to the Australian ghost story. Wright does this through poeticised connections of land, history and family and Gelder-Jacobs through postcolonial criticism. This paper investigates how a combined reading of the two can offer new insights into Australian ghost stories and the poetics of haunting' (Philament editors: Bernadette Cantrall, Dreu Harrison and James McLeod).

Issues of Love and Guilt in the Select Poems of Judith Wright S. Robert Gnanamony , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Indian Journal of World Literature and Culture , July-December vol. 2 no. 2006; (p. 23-30)
Land and Identities Shirley Tucker , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 150 1998; (p. 102-103)
Through a Web of Language : Landscapes of Perception in the Poetry of Judith Wright Rose Lucas , Lyn McCredden , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bridgings : Readings in Australian Women's Poetry 1996; (p. 18-28)
The Literary Perception, 1945-1961 Adam Shoemaker , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Black Words, White Page : Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988 1989; (p. 79-101)
This chapter briefly surveys the major socio-political developments in Aboriginal affairs between 1961 and 1988. Though this period was one of success, and witnessed a growing self-confidence among Aboriginal Australians, it was also one of frustrated expectations and hopes, particularly in relation to land rights. The era saw the initiative for protest activity in Aboriginal affairs move from white dominated bodies to co-operative organisations and then to groups controlled administratively and sometimes financially by Black Australians. Shoemaker argues that there is a tendency for white readers to evaluate Aboriginal works solely according to Western literary standards which is an unreasonable expectation. While it is illuminating to compare Black Australian writing with those of certain white Australian authors, this provides only a partial understanding of Aboriginal works. An understanding of Aboriginal literature is only gained from analysing Aboriginal writing in its own right and seeing it as a discrete body of Fourth World literature in which striking themes and concerns emerge. The work of white writers such as Judith Wright, Patrick White, Randolph Stow, and Donald Stuart are examined.
Darkie Point : New England National Park Judith Wright , 1984 single work column
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , April no. 12 1984; (p. 6-7)
Rehabilitation and Transcendence J. J. Healy , 1978-1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and the Aborigine in Australia 1770- 1975 1989; (p. 181-207)
Issues of Love and Guilt in the Select Poems of Judith Wright S. Robert Gnanamony , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Indian Journal of World Literature and Culture , July-December vol. 2 no. 2006; (p. 23-30)
'An Entangled Kind of Haunting' : Judith Wright and Uncanny Australia Toby Davidson , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Philament , December no. 13 2008; (p. 1-19)
'Ken Gelder and Jane Jacobs' Uncanny Australia (1998), along with Judith Wright's poetry, analyses and responds to the Australian ghost story. Wright does this through poeticised connections of land, history and family and Gelder-Jacobs through postcolonial criticism. This paper investigates how a combined reading of the two can offer new insights into Australian ghost stories and the poetics of haunting' (Philament editors: Bernadette Cantrall, Dreu Harrison and James McLeod).

7th Australian Poetry Festival : Inventing the Tradition Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Spring vol. 17 no. 4 2010; (p. 6-13)
No More Boomerang? 'Nigger's Leap' and 'Five Bells' Leigh Dale , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , 1 March vol. 37 no. 1 2013; (p. 48-61)
'This essay argues that Judith Wright's poem "Nigger's Leap" is a reply to Kenneth Slessor's "Five Bells", within the context of discussions about Slessor's and Wright's attitudes towards colonialism and colonial history. The essay also discusses Gail Jones' novel Five Bells and its engagement with Slessor's poem, arguing that metaphors of sound and musical repetition offer a useful way of understanding the structure of Jones' novel and the relationship between novel and poem.' (Author's abstract)
Rehabilitation and Transcendence J. J. Healy , 1978-1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and the Aborigine in Australia 1770- 1975 1989; (p. 181-207)
Land and Identities Shirley Tucker , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 150 1998; (p. 102-103)
Darkie Point : New England National Park Judith Wright , 1984 single work column
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , April no. 12 1984; (p. 6-7)
Through a Web of Language : Landscapes of Perception in the Poetry of Judith Wright Rose Lucas , Lyn McCredden , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bridgings : Readings in Australian Women's Poetry 1996; (p. 18-28)
The Literary Perception, 1945-1961 Adam Shoemaker , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Black Words, White Page : Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988 1989; (p. 79-101)
This chapter briefly surveys the major socio-political developments in Aboriginal affairs between 1961 and 1988. Though this period was one of success, and witnessed a growing self-confidence among Aboriginal Australians, it was also one of frustrated expectations and hopes, particularly in relation to land rights. The era saw the initiative for protest activity in Aboriginal affairs move from white dominated bodies to co-operative organisations and then to groups controlled administratively and sometimes financially by Black Australians. Shoemaker argues that there is a tendency for white readers to evaluate Aboriginal works solely according to Western literary standards which is an unreasonable expectation. While it is illuminating to compare Black Australian writing with those of certain white Australian authors, this provides only a partial understanding of Aboriginal works. An understanding of Aboriginal literature is only gained from analysing Aboriginal writing in its own right and seeing it as a discrete body of Fourth World literature in which striking themes and concerns emerge. The work of white writers such as Judith Wright, Patrick White, Randolph Stow, and Donald Stuart are examined.
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