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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Politics, Power and Poetry : An Intercultural Perspective on Aboriginal Identity in Black Australian Poetry
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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.


  • Includes appendices with historical chronology, bibliography, and texts of some of the poems discussed.
  • Number 19 of the SECL Series.


* Contents derived from the Tubingen,
Western Europe, Europe,
Stauffenburg Verlag , 2003 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Mr Don't Scratch My Rolexi"Him, that fulla over there, from the Lands Council, he doesn't care", Lisa Bellear , single work poetry (p. 184)
Souled Outi"Only $200 - Ladies/", Lisa Bellear , single work poetry satire (p. 185)
Inheritancei"Daughter of the Sea and Land am I", Eve Mumewa D. Fesl , single work poetry (p. 186)
White Sisteri"White sister! Whilst you raise your sons", Eve Mumewa D. Fesl , single work poetry (p. 186)
Koorie Womani"Blue eyes staring - observing,", Eve Mumewa D. Fesl , single work poetry (p. 186)
You Who May Read My Wordsi"People - don't say talk!", Lionel Fogarty , single work poetry (p. 187)
Dreamtimei"The first homo sapiens", Lionel Fogarty , single work poetry (p. 188)
Moved Mei"The Great Spirit has sent me away", Lionel Fogarty , single work poetry (p. 189)
My Cry is Lost In a Namei"Propelled", Lionel Fogarty , single work poetry (p. 189)
Being Aboriginali"You have no idea what it's like to be identified as primitive, savage, native", Anita Heiss , single work poetry (p. 190)
Tolerated, But Not Valuedi"I know you tolerate me, but you do not value me.", Anita Heiss , single work poetry (p. 190)
Proud to Be Koorii"I am a Wiradjuri Koori who has survived the shameful massacres,", Anita Heiss , single work poetry (p. 191)
Prayer for a Lost Chancei"She", Roberta Sykes , single work poetry (p. 192-194)
Post Colonial Fictions (In Memory of the Post-Colonial Fictions Conference, Perth 1992)i"Post colonial - fiction?", Roberta Sykes , single work poetry (p. 195)
Cyclei"The revolution is conceived", Roberta Sykes , single work poetry (p. 195-196)

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