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y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature anthology   poetry   drama   prose   correspondence   criticism   extract  
Note: Edited by Anita Heiss and Peter Minter; General Editor, Nicholas Jose.
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'An authoritative survey of Australian Aboriginal writing over two centuries, across a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres. Including some of the most distinctive writing produced in Australia, it offers rich insights into Aboriginal culture and experience...

'The anthology includes journalism, petitions and political letters from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as major works that reflect the blossoming of Aboriginal poetry, prose and drama from the mid-twentieth century onwards. Literature has been used as a powerful political tool by Aboriginal people in a political system which renders them largely voiceless. These works chronicle the ongoing suffering of dispossession, but also the resilience of Aboriginal people across the country, and the hope and joy in their lives.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Other formats: Also e-book.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2008 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The First-Borni"Where are my first-born, said the brown land, sighing", Jack Davis , 1970 single work poetry (p. 57-58)
The Black Trackeri"He served mankind for many a year", Jack Davis , 1970 single work poetry (p. 58)
Warrui"Fast asleep on the wooden bench,", Jack Davis , 1970 single work poetry (p. 58-59)
Integrationi"Let these two worlds combine,", Jack Davis , 1970 single work poetry (p. 59-60)
Walker (to Kath)i"Fight on, Sister, fight on,", Jack Davis , 1977 single work poetry (p. 60)
Note: Kath Walker, Aboriginal poet and activist also known as Oodgeroo Noonuccal
From No Sugar (Act 2, Scene 6), Jack Davis , 2008 extract drama (p. 61-64)
From : Here Comes the Nigger, Gerry Bostock , 1977 single work extract drama (p. 67-72)
From Karobran (Chapter 4), Monica Clare , 2008 extract novel (p. 72-76)
People are Legendsi"Kill the legend butcher it with your acute cynicisms", Kevin Gilbert , 1971 single work poetry (p. 77)
From The Cherry Pickers (Act 3, Scene 2)i"At the old Cherry Tree - King Eagle.", Kevin Gilbert , 2008 extract drama (p. 77-82)
Me and Jackomari Talkin' About Land Rightsi"He said don't be like the rest of 'em but a big loose mouth or a pen", Kevin Gilbert , 1978 single work poetry (p. 83)
Redferni"In the savage streets of Redfern where the 'cockatoo' and turk peer from the doors", Kevin Gilbert , 1990 single work poetry (p. 83-84)
Treei"I am the tree the lean hard hungry land the crow and eagle", Kevin Gilbert , 1988 single work poetry (p. 84-85)
Song of Dreamtimei"With our didgeridoos", Kevin Gilbert , 1994 single work poetry (p. 86-87)
Shields Strong, Nulla Nullas Alivei"Morning dawning stems that core", Lionel Fogarty , 1982 single work poetry (p. 87-88)
Decorative Rasp, Weaved Rootsi"If I am not a race then what am I", Lionel Fogarty , 1982 single work poetry (p. 88-91)
Ecologyi"I am a frill necked lizard roaming, providing", Lionel Fogarty , 1982 single work poetry (p. 91)
For I Come - Death In Custodyi"I in a jail. Even a murri wouldn't know if him free.", Lionel Fogarty , 1990 single work poetry (p. 92)
Kath Walkeri"We are coming, even going I was born in 1957 the year after I became a realist", Lionel Fogarty , 1990 single work poetry (p. 93)
'Dulpai - Ila Ngari Kim Mo-Man'i"Moppy, Aborigine, Gumbal Gumbal was he Aborigines King Billy was him;", Lionel Fogarty , 1990 single work poetry (p. 93-99)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Australia in Three Books Anita Heiss , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 14-17)
New Cultural Landscapes : Australian Narratives in Literature and Film Eduardo Marks de Marques , Anelise R. Corseuil , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ilha Do Desterro : A Journal of English Language , vol. 69 no. 2 2016;
'Australia. Terra Australis Incognita. Even before its official finding by Captain James Cook in 1770, the “land down under” already circulated in the European imagination. The giant mass of land necessary to balance a flat Earth (as antipodal to Europe) could only be home to a great many monstrous fauna and flora, as it was also the cultural counterpart to Europe. However, giant one-eyed monsters and sea serpents were not found by Captain Cook upon his arrival on Botany Bay, now part of Sydney. By declaring the land terra nullius, Cook ignored the many Aboriginal communities that had lived in Australia for over 75,000 years and such act has given way to one of the core elements in the development of Australian culture and history: the relationship between whites and Aborigines in the development of the nation.' (Introduction)
BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collecively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

Aborigines, Sharks and Australian Accents : On Australian Writing Jo Case , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , July no. 6 2011; (p. 41-51)

'Jo Case talks to influential writers, publishers and critics about that often frustrating definition of 'Australia' literature.' (Editor's abstract)

‘Reading and Writing to Learn’ : The Problem of Poetry Bonny Cassidy , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 293-306)
'Bonnie Cassidy argues that when teachers are 'faced with the problem of how to read and discuss poetry in Australia...thought and time might be better spent on encouraging confidence in poetry as a relevant medium and substance of our times. Specifically, ...to look at young Australian to enact this regeneration - and schools as the site in which that process will take place, grounding the work of universities.' Cassidy also states in this chapter she will interpret the role that poetry might play in The Australian Curriculum: English, including some of the challenges that the Curriculum poses for a revision of approaches to poetry in schools.' (294)
Indigenous Australia : Historical and Contemporary Scholarship Lyn McCredden , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies , Fall vol. 17 no. 2 2011; (p. 102-111)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract ; Writing Never Arrives Naked : Early Aboriginal Cultures of Writing in Australia Penny Van Toorn 2006 single work criticism
Black and White : In Search of an ‘Apt’ Response to Indigenous Writing Robin Freeman , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'The good editor,' suggests Thomas McCormack in his Fiction Editor, the Novel and the Novelist, 'reads, and ... responds aptly' to the writer's work, 'where "aptly" means "as the ideal appropriate reader would".' McCormack develops an argument that encompasses the dual ideas of sensibility and craft as essential characteristics of the fiction editor. But at an historical juncture that has seen increasing interest in the publication of Indigenous writing, and when Indigenous writers themselves may envisage a multiplicity of readers (writing, for instance, for family and community, and to educate a wider white audience), who is the 'ideal appropriate reader' for the literary works of the current generation of Australian Indigenous writers? And what should the work of this 'good editor' be when engaging with the text of an Indigenous writer? This paper examines such questions using the work of Margaret McDonell and Jennifer Jones, among others, to explore ways in which non-Indigenous editors may apply aspects of McCormack's 'apt response' to the editing of Indigenous texts.' (Author's abstract)
Anti-Nativism in Australian Indigenous Literature Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kultura Historia Globalizacja , no. 7 2010; (p. 53-64)
'What in today's literary discourse are the reality and the world created by the words: nativism, nativity, the native, native? Why do we still speak and communicate with them and use them in different contexts, even though we know that these words often carry a negative emotional meaning load, taking us to spaces, times, and experiences of colonial suffering, despite their basis in academic arguments. In Australia such issues have been addressed by many Indigenous writers, amongst them — M. Langton, A. Moreton- Robinson, Mudrooroo, C. Watego, T. Birch, F. Bayet — Charlton, to name just a few.' (Author's introduction)
Literature Anthology Gathers 81 of the Best 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Arts Yarn Up , Autumn 2009; (p. 10)
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature Shon Arieh-Lerer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , January/February vol. 83 no. 1 2009; (p. 78-79)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Untitled Heather Taylor Johnson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 2 no. 1 2009;

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Daniel Vuillermin , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 209-212)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
A Long Time Coming 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 87 no. 7 2008; (p. 47)
Aboriginal Writing Transcends Dreamtime Lauren Wilson , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 April 2008; (p. 10)
Indigenous Voices and Stories Echo Down the Centuries Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 May 2008; (p. 15)
'Ground-Breaking' Anthology Launched Margaret Smith , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 21 May no. 426 2008; (p. 46)
"The book is a significant contribution to closing the gap in understanding. For the first time in our history, the full range of Aboriginal literature is available in a single volume". Peter Minter - (Koori Mail 21/05/2008)
Untitled Chris Harrington , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 87 no. 7 2008; (p. 39)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
The Poignant Arc Jaya Savige , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 301 2008; (p. 17-18)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
A Word in the Whitefella's Ear Jane Sullivan , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 May 2008; (p. 14)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Blacker than Black World Ken Gelder , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 May 2008; (p. 21)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Untitled Chris Harrington , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 87 no. 7 2008; (p. 39)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
The Poignant Arc Jaya Savige , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 301 2008; (p. 17-18)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
A Word in the Whitefella's Ear Jane Sullivan , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 May 2008; (p. 14)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Blacker than Black World Ken Gelder , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 May 2008; (p. 21)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Views of the Past from Other Angles Linda Burney , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 May 2008; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Big Thing Grew from Little Start Ken Gelder , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 May-1 June 2008; (p. 32)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Untitled Robert Lumsden , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , June no. 340 2008; (p. 26)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Stories of Our Times Patrick Allington , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 June 2008; (p. 12)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract ; Doreen Kartinyeri : My Ngarrindjeri Calling Doreen Kartinyeri Sue Anderson 2008 single work autobiography
Anthology Packs A Real Punch 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 May no. 425 2008; (p. 46)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
It's a big rap, but the touting of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature as a 'project of national importance offering a rich panorama of over 200 years of Aboriginal culture, history and life' is on the money. (Koori Mail 7/05/2008
Resistance and Resilience Peter Pierce , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 July 2008; (p. 14)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Aboriginal Voices Resist Colonial History Kevin Brophy , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 4 July vol. 18 no. 13 2008;

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
The Power of Many 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Pen Magazine , June 2008; (p. 43)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature Shon Arieh-Lerer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , January/February vol. 83 no. 1 2009; (p. 78-79)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Untitled Heather Taylor Johnson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 2 no. 1 2009;

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Daniel Vuillermin , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 209-212)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract
Indigenous Australia : Historical and Contemporary Scholarship Lyn McCredden , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies , Fall vol. 17 no. 2 2011; (p. 102-111)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract ; Writing Never Arrives Naked : Early Aboriginal Cultures of Writing in Australia Penny Van Toorn 2006 single work criticism
A Long Time Coming 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 87 no. 7 2008; (p. 47)
Aboriginal Writing Transcends Dreamtime Lauren Wilson , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 April 2008; (p. 10)
Indigenous Voices and Stories Echo Down the Centuries Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 May 2008; (p. 15)
'Ground-Breaking' Anthology Launched Margaret Smith , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 21 May no. 426 2008; (p. 46)
"The book is a significant contribution to closing the gap in understanding. For the first time in our history, the full range of Aboriginal literature is available in a single volume". Peter Minter - (Koori Mail 21/05/2008)
Literature Anthology Gathers 81 of the Best 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Arts Yarn Up , Autumn 2009; (p. 10)
Black and White : In Search of an ‘Apt’ Response to Indigenous Writing Robin Freeman , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'The good editor,' suggests Thomas McCormack in his Fiction Editor, the Novel and the Novelist, 'reads, and ... responds aptly' to the writer's work, 'where "aptly" means "as the ideal appropriate reader would".' McCormack develops an argument that encompasses the dual ideas of sensibility and craft as essential characteristics of the fiction editor. But at an historical juncture that has seen increasing interest in the publication of Indigenous writing, and when Indigenous writers themselves may envisage a multiplicity of readers (writing, for instance, for family and community, and to educate a wider white audience), who is the 'ideal appropriate reader' for the literary works of the current generation of Australian Indigenous writers? And what should the work of this 'good editor' be when engaging with the text of an Indigenous writer? This paper examines such questions using the work of Margaret McDonell and Jennifer Jones, among others, to explore ways in which non-Indigenous editors may apply aspects of McCormack's 'apt response' to the editing of Indigenous texts.' (Author's abstract)
Aborigines, Sharks and Australian Accents : On Australian Writing Jo Case , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , July no. 6 2011; (p. 41-51)

'Jo Case talks to influential writers, publishers and critics about that often frustrating definition of 'Australia' literature.' (Editor's abstract)

Anti-Nativism in Australian Indigenous Literature Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kultura Historia Globalizacja , no. 7 2010; (p. 53-64)
'What in today's literary discourse are the reality and the world created by the words: nativism, nativity, the native, native? Why do we still speak and communicate with them and use them in different contexts, even though we know that these words often carry a negative emotional meaning load, taking us to spaces, times, and experiences of colonial suffering, despite their basis in academic arguments. In Australia such issues have been addressed by many Indigenous writers, amongst them — M. Langton, A. Moreton- Robinson, Mudrooroo, C. Watego, T. Birch, F. Bayet — Charlton, to name just a few.' (Author's introduction)
‘Reading and Writing to Learn’ : The Problem of Poetry Bonny Cassidy , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 293-306)
'Bonnie Cassidy argues that when teachers are 'faced with the problem of how to read and discuss poetry in Australia...thought and time might be better spent on encouraging confidence in poetry as a relevant medium and substance of our times. Specifically, ...to look at young Australian to enact this regeneration - and schools as the site in which that process will take place, grounding the work of universities.' Cassidy also states in this chapter she will interpret the role that poetry might play in The Australian Curriculum: English, including some of the challenges that the Curriculum poses for a revision of approaches to poetry in schools.' (294)
BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collecively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

Australia in Three Books Anita Heiss , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 14-17)
New Cultural Landscapes : Australian Narratives in Literature and Film Eduardo Marks de Marques , Anelise R. Corseuil , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ilha Do Desterro : A Journal of English Language , vol. 69 no. 2 2016;
'Australia. Terra Australis Incognita. Even before its official finding by Captain James Cook in 1770, the “land down under” already circulated in the European imagination. The giant mass of land necessary to balance a flat Earth (as antipodal to Europe) could only be home to a great many monstrous fauna and flora, as it was also the cultural counterpart to Europe. However, giant one-eyed monsters and sea serpents were not found by Captain Cook upon his arrival on Botany Bay, now part of Sydney. By declaring the land terra nullius, Cook ignored the many Aboriginal communities that had lived in Australia for over 75,000 years and such act has given way to one of the core elements in the development of Australian culture and history: the relationship between whites and Aborigines in the development of the nation.' (Introduction)

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