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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Bright Planet
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Notes

  • Dedication: To my Father.
  • Epigraph: It is a great pity to be without hashish at any time, indeed. (Alexander Trocchi)
  • Epigraph: All the washing in the world would not render them two degrees less black than an African Negro. At some of our first interviews we had several droll instances of their mistaking the Africans we brought with us for their own countrymen. (Watkin Tench)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2004 .
      Extent: 295p.
      ISBN: 0330364588 (pbk.)

Other Formats

  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon The Mabo Turn in Australian Fiction Geoff Rodoreda , Oxford : Peter Lang , 2017 13852561 2017 multi chapter work criticism

'This is the first in-depth, broad-based study of the impact of the Australian High Court’s landmark Mabo decision of 1992 on Australian fiction. More than any other event in Australia’s legal, political and cultural history, the Mabo judgement – which recognised indigenous Australians’ customary native title to land – challenged previous ways of thinking about land and space, settlement and belonging, race and relationships, and nation and history, both historically and contemporaneously. While Mabo’s impact on history, law, politics and film has been the focus of scholarly attention, the study of its influence on literature has been sporadic and largely limited to examinations of non-Aboriginal novels.

'Now, a quarter of a century after Mabo, this book takes a closer look at nineteen contemporary novels – including works by David Malouf, Alex Miller, Kate Grenville, Thea Astley, Tim Winton, Michelle de Kretser, Richard Flanagan, Alexis Wright and Kim Scott – in order to define and describe Australia’s literary imaginary as it reflects and articulates post-Mabo discourse today. Indeed, literature’s substantial engagement with Mabo’s cultural legacy – the acknowledgement of indigenous people’s presence in the land, in history, and in public affairs, as opposed to their absence – demands a re-writing of literary history to account for a “Mabo turn” in Australian fiction. ' (Publication summary)

Strangeness Appeals Lars Ahlström , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 19 no. 1 2005; (p. 102-103)

— Review of Bright Planet Peter Mews , 2004 single work novel
'Plagued By Hideous Imaginings' Ken Gelder , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 179 2005; (p. 32-37)

— Review of Surrender Sonya Hartnett , 2005 single work novel ; Bright Planet Peter Mews , 2004 single work novel ; Sixty Lights Gail Jones , 2004 single work novel ; The Submerged Cathedral Charlotte Wood , 2004 single work novel ; Spirit Wrestlers Thomas Shapcott , 2004 single work novel
History's Voice a Muse to Bewitch Michael Winkler , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 7 June 2004; (p. 2-3)
Ship of Fools Finds History Meg Sorensen , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 May 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of Bright Planet Peter Mews , 2004 single work novel
Batmania Gillian Dooley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 261 2004; (p. 43)

— Review of Bright Planet Peter Mews , 2004 single work novel
Voyage to the Great Unknown A. P. Riemer , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 May 2004; (p. 10)

— Review of Bright Planet Peter Mews , 2004 single work novel
Home and Prose Peter Pierce , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 25 May vol. 122 no. 6422 2004; (p. 60-61)

— Review of Ash Rain Corrie Hosking , 2004 single work novel ; Names for Nothingness Georgia Blain , 2004 single work novel ; The Philosopher's Doll Amanda Lohrey , 2004 single work novel ; Bright Planet Peter Mews , 2004 single work novel ; Home Larissa Behrendt , 2004 single work novel ; Vernon God Little : A 21st Century Comedy in the Presence of Death D. B. C. Pierre , 2003 single work novel ; The White Earth Andrew McGahan , 2004 single work novel ; The Last Ride Denise Young , 2004 single work novel
An Imagination Sails Free to the Interior Thuy On , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 May 2004; (p. 3)

— Review of Bright Planet Peter Mews , 2004 single work novel
Other Voices Tony Maniaty , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 June 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of Bright Planet Peter Mews , 2004 single work novel ; Smokescreens and Searchlights Bill Guy , 2003 single work novel ; The Last Ride Denise Young , 2004 single work novel
The Face : Peter Mews : Author Helen Elliott , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 May 2004; (p. 3)
History's Voice a Muse to Bewitch Michael Winkler , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 7 June 2004; (p. 2-3)
y separately published work icon The Mabo Turn in Australian Fiction Geoff Rodoreda , Oxford : Peter Lang , 2017 13852561 2017 multi chapter work criticism

'This is the first in-depth, broad-based study of the impact of the Australian High Court’s landmark Mabo decision of 1992 on Australian fiction. More than any other event in Australia’s legal, political and cultural history, the Mabo judgement – which recognised indigenous Australians’ customary native title to land – challenged previous ways of thinking about land and space, settlement and belonging, race and relationships, and nation and history, both historically and contemporaneously. While Mabo’s impact on history, law, politics and film has been the focus of scholarly attention, the study of its influence on literature has been sporadic and largely limited to examinations of non-Aboriginal novels.

'Now, a quarter of a century after Mabo, this book takes a closer look at nineteen contemporary novels – including works by David Malouf, Alex Miller, Kate Grenville, Thea Astley, Tim Winton, Michelle de Kretser, Richard Flanagan, Alexis Wright and Kim Scott – in order to define and describe Australia’s literary imaginary as it reflects and articulates post-Mabo discourse today. Indeed, literature’s substantial engagement with Mabo’s cultural legacy – the acknowledgement of indigenous people’s presence in the land, in history, and in public affairs, as opposed to their absence – demands a re-writing of literary history to account for a “Mabo turn” in Australian fiction. ' (Publication summary)

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