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Issue Details: First known date: 1980... 1980 Tracks
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Robyn Davidson tells the story of her 1977 journey across the desert, from Alice Springs to Western Australia. She and a Pitjantjara elder completed their crossing on camels back. Tracks is the story of her adventure, not only across the desert, but also into self-discovery, and the discovery of the beauty, nobility, and history of the country and its people. (Source: Trove)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Tracks Robyn Davidson , Marion Nelson , ( dir. John Curran ) Australia : See Saw Films , 2013 Z1910218 2013 single work film/TV (taught in 2 units) 'The inspirational true story of Robyn Davidson's solo camel trek through the harsh centre of Australia, aided only by her faithful canine companion Diggity and the National Geographic photographer who chronicled this epic modern adventure.' (Source: Screen Australia website)

Reading Australia

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5)

Themes

Australia, freedom, journey, love, Maturation/identity, quest, spirituality, travel

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Literacy

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.
  • Other formats: Also available as an eBook

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Jonathan Cape ,
      1980 .
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      Extent: 256p.
      Description: illus., [8] leaves of plates
      ISBN: 9780224018616
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Pantheon Books ,
      1980 .
      image of person or book cover 435329692149832314.jpg
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      Extent: 256p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      Description: illus, [8] leaves of plates
      ISBN: 9780394514734
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Bloomsbury ,
      2012 .
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      Extent: 261p.
      Description: illus, still images
      ISBN: 9781408834862 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Bloomsbury ,
      2017 .
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      Extent: 261p.p.
      Edition info: 40th anniversary edition
      ISBN: 9781408896204
Alternative title: Sporen in de woestijn
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Meulenhoff ,
      1995 .
      Extent: 285p.
      Edition info: 1st Dutch ed.
      ISBN: 9029041447
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Forum ,
      2003 .
      Extent: 285p.
      ISBN: 9022534324

Works about this Work

Travel Memoir and Australia : From Twain to Tracks and the Present Day Ben Stubbs , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mediating Memory : Tracing the Limits of Memoir 2017; (p. 192-204)

'Ben Stubbs' chapter demonstrates the new depths possible within hy-brid travel memoir. He looks at its evolution from works by Mark Twain to Robyn Davidson and Don Watson, tracing the progression of the genre from Twain's self-centered imperialism to Davidson and Watson's cultural self-awareness.'

Source: Introduction, p.7

Animal Affinity Angus Dalton , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , May 2016; (p. 18-21)

— Review of Horses Who Heal Sue Spence , 2016 single work autobiography ; Tracks Robyn Davidson , 1980 single work autobiography

'Dogs, cats, birds, horses, chimpanzees and even donkeys have played a huge role in the lives of many humans. Angus Dalton investigates memoirs that

celebrate the human–animal connection.'

Adaptation and Authorial Celebrity : Robyn Davidson and the Context of John Curran’s Tracks (2013) Rachael Weaver , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adaptation , March vol. 9 no. 1 2016; (p. 12-21)
'This article explores the discursive context surrounding John Curran’s recent adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s Tracks (1980), suggesting that the mutual imbrication of the film and its source texts works against the grain of recent trends in adaptation studies that seek to distance them, and to consider screen adaptations as independent creations. At the centre of the red carpet at international film festival premiers as well as the broader publicity campaign promoting Tracks stands author Robyn Davidson, whose nuanced understanding of the adaptation process and savvy relationship to the media have enabled her to retain a firm grip on her original material, at the same time as establishing for herself a pivotal role in enunciating the film’s greater significance and authentic ‘Australianness’ for both local and global audiences. Davidson’s role impacts, ultimately, on the positioning of the film in terms of genre, character, nationality, history, race, and gender politics and ecology—as well as making the adaptation process an explicit subject for discussion in Tracks’ wider articulation and framing.' (Publication summary)
y separately published work icon Robyn Davidson's Tracks and Director Sean Penn's Into the Wild Anica Boulanger-Mashberg , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2016 9590322 2016 single work criticism
Traveling, Writing and Engagement in Robyn Davidson’s Tracks Magali Sperling Beck , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ilha Do Desterro : A Journal of English Language , vol. 69 no. 2 2016;
In 1980, Australian writer Robyn Davidson publishes her travel narrative Tracks, in which she describes her crossing of the central Australian deserts in the late 1970’s, on foot and by herself, being accompanied only by her dog and by four camels. The narrative became an immediate success after its publication, receiving the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, and been widely read both in Australia and worldwide. It has also become an emblematic example of contemporary travel narratives, mainly due to the fact that it is not only a book about survival or about a woman crossing a desert alone, rather elaborating on the implications between genre and gender; it is also a narrative that recuperates the political and ideological background of an important moment in Australian history. Thus, taking into consideration Davidson’s ambivalence in relation to writing about her travel experiences, in this paper, I argue that Tracks, more than celebrating the process of self-transformation in travel, lingers on the tension between its narrator’s search for freedom and her awareness regarding the responsibilities involved in engaging with cultural difference and in representing geographical crossings. ' (Publication summary)
Queen of the Desert Stephanie Bunbury , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 March 2014; (p. 8-9) The Canberra Times , 1 March 2014; (p. 20)

— Review of Tracks Robyn Davidson , 1980 single work autobiography
'A woman's trek across Australia inspired the world, but it took 40 years for the story to make it to the screen.'
Animal Affinity Angus Dalton , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , May 2016; (p. 18-21)

— Review of Horses Who Heal Sue Spence , 2016 single work autobiography ; Tracks Robyn Davidson , 1980 single work autobiography

'Dogs, cats, birds, horses, chimpanzees and even donkeys have played a huge role in the lives of many humans. Angus Dalton investigates memoirs that

celebrate the human–animal connection.'

Loosing and Following 'Tracks' in the Australian Desert Monica Turci , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Travel Writing and the Female Imaginary 2001; (p. 109-118)
Return of the Nomad Rosemary Neill , 2005 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 April-1 May 2005; (p. R6)
Making Places Out of Spaces: Reading the Spatial in Robyn Davidson's "Tracks" Clare Johnson , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sharing Spaces : Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Responses to Story, Country and Rights 2006; (p. 100-112)
Literature in the Arid Zone Tom Lynch , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers 2007; (p. 70-92)
This chapter surveys and assesses from an ecocentric perspective some representative literary portrayals of the Australian deserts. Generally, it contrasts works that portray the desert as an alien, hostile, and undifferentiated void with works that recognise and value the biological particularities of specific desert places. It explores the literature of three dominant cultural orientations to the deserts: pastoralism, mining, and traversal. It concludes with a consideration of several multi-voiced and/or multi-genred bioregionally informed works that suggests fruitful directions for more ecocentric literary approaches. (abstract taken from The Littoral Zone)
Cinematic Failures : Scene I, You've Seen Them All Robert Drewe , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 May 2010; (p. 3)
Robert Drewe, hopeful that his book The Drowner will be adapted for film, recalls three previous failed attempts (each with director Ray Lawrence) to bring books to the screen. The titles in question were Drewe's stories 'Sweetlips' and 'Machete' and Robyn Davidson's autobiograpy Tracks.
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