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In this chapter Jennifer Jones examines why Stradbroke Dreaming was so easily distorted during the editorial process. The author also discusses how, by the time editing was completed, Oodgeroo was experiencing an uncharacteristic loss of resolve.
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yBlack Writers White Editors : Episodes of Collaboration and Compromise in Australian Publishing HistoryJennifer Jones,
North Melbourne:Australian Scholarly Publishing,2009Z15761832009single work criticism 'When white people act as textual midwives for Aboriginal women writers, what happens to the baby? Black Writers, White Editors explores the outcomes of the editorial relationship for three foundational Indigenous women writers. These women, dogged advocates of Aboriginal rights, wrote their life stories in the 1970s. Their manuscripts addressed experiences of dispossession, racism, forced child removal and the struggle to right these situations. These distinctly Aboriginal priorities, perspectives and voices were vulnerable to editorial alteration. Jennifer Jones examines the nature of the cross-cultural collaborations between these Indigenous writers and their white editors and demonstrates how the transformation of their manuscripts into published texts came at a political price.' (From the publisher's website.)North Melbourne:Australian Scholarly Publishing,2009