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Issue Details: First known date: 1965... 1965 Wild Cat Falling
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'Wild Cat Falling is the story of an Aboriginal youth, a 'bodgie' of the early sixties who grows up on the ragged outskirts of a country town, falls into petty crime, goes to gaol, and comes out to do battle once more with the society who put him there. Its publication in 1965 marked a unique literary event, for this was the first novel by any writer of Aboriginal blood to be published in Australia. As well, it is a remarkable piece of literature in its own right, expressing the dilemmas and conflicts of the young Aboriginal in modern Australian society with its memorable insight and stylishness.' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

Wild Cat Falling Mudrooroo , 1992 single work drama

'Nineteen-year old anti-hero Wildcat has been released from Fremantle Jail after serving an eighteen-month sentence for juvenile offences. The play shifts from real time to memory as Wildcat re-experiences growing up in a small country town, being sent to Swanview Boys' Home and being a member of a bodgie gang in Perth in the late 1950s.' (Source: Australian Plays website)

Notes

  • A stage production, adapted and directed by Alan Becher with music by David Milroy, was performed in 1992. Reviews of that production are attached to this record.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Penguin ,
      1966 .
      Extent: 127p.
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney,: Sirius Books , 1979 .
      8616319964916514186.jpg
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      Extent: 131p.
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by Mary Durack.
      ISBN: 0207143935
      Series: Sirius Books Sirius Quality Paperbacks Angus and Robertson (publisher), series - publisher
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: HarperCollins , 2001 .
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      Extent: vi, 152p.p.
      ISBN: 0207197326 (pbk.)
      Series: y A and R Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), Z1411167 series - publisher
Alternative title: Gatto Selvaggio Cade
Language: Italian
    • Florence,
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      Italy,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Le Lettere ,
      2003 .
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      Extent: 143p.
      ISBN: 8871667077

Works about this Work

y Wild Cat Falling, Mudrooroo : In the Context of Identity and Belonging Angie Barillaro , Essendon North : Radiant Heart Publishing , 2015 8919410 2015 single work criticism
The Postcolonial Autobiography : Force Majeure? Aurélia Mouzet , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Autobiography as a Writing Strategy in Postcolonial Literature 2015; (p. 161-178)
y Exploring Issues of Identity and Belonging Bruce Pattinson , Seven Hills : Five Senses Education , 2014 9010570 2014 selected work criticism

'Study notes and a workshop approach to Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Patti Miller's The Mind of the Thief, Mudrooroo's Wild Cat Falling, Anthony Fabian's Skin.' (Publication summary)

The Yellow House Mudrooroo , 2014 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 62-76)
Aboriginal Affair(s): Reflections on the Life of Mudrooroo Eva Rask Knudsen , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: LINQ , December no. 39 2012; (p. 105-115)

'The article reviews the controversial 'Mudrooroo Affair' with reference to unpublished work by Mudrooroo in which he comments on the public debate about his rights to define himself as Aboriginal and, by extension, have his work credited as Aboriginal. Such work makes it pertinent to review Mudrooroo's creative output since 1965 as literary experiments with life writing and to reconsider Mudrooroo's many literary 'performances' from this perspective. They are not only explorations of Aboriginal identity politics over,- the last five decades, but may also be seen as a far more personal investment in exploring Aboriginal identity through a progressively shifting but interrelated series of subjectivities that reflect the writer's own experience and inform his claim to Aboriginality.' (Publication summary)

The Long and the Short R. G. Geering , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 25 no. 2 1965; (p. 141-143)

— Review of Harry's Child Suzanne Holly Jones 1964 single work novel ; No Saddles for Kangaroos : A Novel Ralph De Boissiere 1964 single work novel ; Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson 1965 single work novel
New Novels John McLaren , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 32 1965; (p. 43-45)

— Review of Harry's Child Suzanne Holly Jones 1964 single work novel ; Across the Sea Wall Christopher Koch 1965 single work novel ; Mayor's Nest Tony Morphett 1964 single work novel ; Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson 1965 single work novel
Untitled Adam Shoemaker , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , November vol. 4 no. 3 1992; (p. 91-92)

— Review of Real Deadly Ruby Langford Ginibi 1992 selected work poetry prose extract ; Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson 1965 single work novel
Untitled F. M. (fl. 1955-1970) , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Advocate: A Weekly Catholic Journal , 1 April 1965; (p. 18)

— Review of Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson 1965 single work novel
Untitled Alec King , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , May no. 1 1965; (p. 70-71)

— Review of Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson 1965 single work novel
y Aboriginal Experience Lloyd Cameron , Glebe : Pascal Press , 1994 Z1019180 1994 single work criticism
form y Aboriginal Experience Martin Didsbury , 1994 Z1019197 1994 single work film/TV

'The stories told by Ruby Langford Ginibi in Don't Take Your Love to Town, Sally Morgan My Place, and Mudrooroo in Wild Cat Falling provide the starting point for discussions on some of the key events and issues that have affected Aboriginal people.

Part 1: 'Aboriginal Experience' looks at the practice of removing Aboriginal children from their families, and denial of Aboriginality and equal rights. Part 2: 'Reclaiming Identity' looks at the importance of the family and the land to Aboriginal people and their quest to reclaim their identity.'

From 'Black' Caesar to Mudrooroo : The African Diaspora in Australia Cassandra Pybus , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mongrel Signatures : Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo 2003; (p. 25-41)
Reality Rights in the Wildcat Trilogy Maureen Clark , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mongrel Signatures : Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo 2003; (p. 43-64)
Voice of Australia: Who Speaks for the Aborigine? Anjali Gera Roy , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 18-29)
Roy examines the 'legitimacy of the speaking subject' and concludes that 'If the speaking status of the aboriginal writer is legitimised merely by identity markers like whiteness and blackness, non-aboriginal writers like Wositzky would naturally be denied entry. However, they could claim speaking rights by speaking space of writing. Mudrooroo or Morgan are no more privileged than Wositzky in articulating primordial aboriginal identities. On the other hand, finding a vantage point in the discursive space of orality can help them archive, if not recover, aboriginal voice.'
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