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To Be an Aborigine... single work   poetry   "Unemployed, dark skin, and fat noses"
Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 To Be an Aborigine...
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Australian Multicultural Book Review vol. 2 no. 3 1994 Z601309 1994 periodical issue 1994 pg. 47
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Muse no. 151 May 1996 Z619170 1996 periodical issue 1996 pg. 25
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Message Stick : Contemporary Aboriginal Writing Kerry Reed-Gilbert (editor), Alice Springs : IAD Press , 1997 Z419921 1997 anthology short story poetry

    '...Message Stick is a collection of poems and short stories that defies the expected. Drawing from the contemporary, traditional and urban life experiences of established and emerging writers, Message Stick is an Aboriginal view of black culture, past, present and future. It is not manufactured dialogue by those 'who think they know', it is the many and diverse voices of Aboriginal Australia.' (Backcover)

    Alice Springs : IAD Press , 1997
    pg. 22-23

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Politics, Power and Poetry : An Intercultural Perspective on Aboriginal Identity in Black Australian Poetry Eleonore Wildburger , Tubingen : Stauffenburg Verlag , 2003 Z1064142 2003 single work criticism

Author's/publisher's abstract: 'This book investigates a wide range of representations of Australian Indigenous identity formations and elaborates an interculturally appropriate research model, viewed from an anti-colonial perspective. Attention is focussed on (anti-)colonial power strategies within these formation processes, as well as on the socio-political relevance of reception processes in reply to these representations. The concepts of "difference" as to their relevance within intercultural transformations are explored.

In this context, the tensions between essentialist and non-essentialist perspectives on identity discourse are pointed out.

The broad spectrum of Aboriginality is investigated within the discourse analysis of a selection of contemporary Black Australian poetry ... The syncretic reading method interrogates the reader's experience as effects rather than methodologically determined acts of reception. The analysis does not dismiss the relevance of literary aesthetics for text interpretations, yet it exemplifies that the assessment criteria need to be grounded in the Aboriginality of the poems. The quintessence of this book lies in the author's firm conviction that the anti-colonial perspective on Indigenous identity constructions is metonymic in its visions of universal mental constructs, while at the same time advancing the visions of contemporary Aboriginality.

y separately published work icon Politics, Power and Poetry : An Intercultural Perspective on Aboriginal Identity in Black Australian Poetry Eleonore Wildburger , Tubingen : Stauffenburg Verlag , 2003 Z1064142 2003 single work criticism

Author's/publisher's abstract: 'This book investigates a wide range of representations of Australian Indigenous identity formations and elaborates an interculturally appropriate research model, viewed from an anti-colonial perspective. Attention is focussed on (anti-)colonial power strategies within these formation processes, as well as on the socio-political relevance of reception processes in reply to these representations. The concepts of "difference" as to their relevance within intercultural transformations are explored.

In this context, the tensions between essentialist and non-essentialist perspectives on identity discourse are pointed out.

The broad spectrum of Aboriginality is investigated within the discourse analysis of a selection of contemporary Black Australian poetry ... The syncretic reading method interrogates the reader's experience as effects rather than methodologically determined acts of reception. The analysis does not dismiss the relevance of literary aesthetics for text interpretations, yet it exemplifies that the assessment criteria need to be grounded in the Aboriginality of the poems. The quintessence of this book lies in the author's firm conviction that the anti-colonial perspective on Indigenous identity constructions is metonymic in its visions of universal mental constructs, while at the same time advancing the visions of contemporary Aboriginality.

Awards

1994 third Multicultural Poetry Prize Rhyming Poetry with Australian Theme
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