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Issue Details: First known date: 1998... 1998 Serpent Dust
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'"What was it like that day when the First Fleet sailed into Port Jackson? What was it like for those on board, and those who watched from the shore? Within two years of the Fleet's arrival, those watchers had suffered the shocking ravages of smallpox, their numbers decimated. The disease spread to Aboriginal people throughout the country with devastating results. But how did smallpox arrive in Australia? Vivid and deeply moving, Serpent's Dust explores the paradoxes of white attitudes and the tragedies of white occupation. it is a story of secrets, betrayal and frustrated ambition, grippingly told."' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Note to the Reader. This book is based on historical sources and uses factual information, but as it is a work of fiction, the result more than anything of my own imagination, historical parallels with actual people should be assumed only in their general and not particular sense. A list of books consulted while writing this novel appears at the end. Aboriginal men reading this novel are advised that material in the first part of Dyirra's narrative could be culturally sensitive and they may wish to avoid it. [Debra Adelaide]

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 1998 .
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      Extent: 228p.
      Note/s:
      • Contains a list of words of the Eora people using mostly the spelling favoured by Macquarie Aboriginal Words (1994).
      • Contains a list of some of the books consulted during the writing of the work, including the sources of historical quotations.
      ISBN: 0091837006 (pbk.)

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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)

Reviews Dennis Foley , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education , July vol. 27 no. 1 1999; (p. 43)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
Reviews Dennis Foley , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education , July vol. 27 no. 1 1999; (p. 43)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
Historical Novel Recreates the Past Cleo Lloyd da Silva , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 12 no. 2 1998; (p. 118)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
Untitled Lesley Walter , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , Spring vol. 43 no. 3 1998; (p. 132-137)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
Reviews Dennis Foley , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education , July vol. 27 no. 1 1999; (p. 43)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
Love and a Time of Smallpox Lucy Sussex , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 January 1998; (p. 8)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel ; Theatre of Darkness : Lillian Nordica as Opera Thomas Shapcott , 1998 single work novel ; Vanity Fierce Graeme Aitken , 1998 single work novel
Books in Brief Margaret McClusky , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , February vol. 3 no. 1 1998; (p. 28)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
Raising the Dust Rodney Hall , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 February 1998; (p. 10)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
Intriguing Views of Our Shared Past Christopher Bantick , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 February 1998; (p. 9)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
Reviews Dennis Foley , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education , July vol. 27 no. 1 1999; (p. 43)

— Review of Serpent Dust Debra Adelaide , 1998 single work novel
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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