Black Words, White Page: Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988 by Adam Shoemaker

By Adam Shoemaker

Fifteen years after its first e-book, Black phrases White web page continues to be as clean as ever. This award-winning learn - the 1st accomplished therapy of the character and value of Indigenous Australian literature - used to be established upon the author's doctoral examine on the Australian nationwide college and was once first released through UQP in 1989. Adam Shoemaker combines ancient and literary research as he explores the variety and distinction of writings that experience received expanding energy and visibility considering that that point. Shoemaker's specified concentration is these dynamic years among 1963 and 1988, while advances in Indigenous affairs have been paralleled by means of a fast development of all kinds of Black Australian literature. He examines the achievements of prime figures within the Aboriginal stream equivalent to Jack Davis, Kevin Gilbert, Charles Perkins and Oodgeroo. He additionally offers fascinating insights into the socio-political contexts of the time whereas tracing the historical past of black-white family members in Australia. Black phrases White web page additionally bargains a few provocative re-evaluations of white Australian writers Xavier Herbert, Ion Idriess, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Patrick White and Judith Wright. Winner of the 1990 Walter McRae Russell Award of the organization for the examine of Australian Literature.

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108. 45 Biskup, Not Slaves, p. 181. 46 Stanner, ‘A er The Dreaming’, in White Man Got No Dreaming, p. 211. 47 Read, ‘A History of the Wiradjuri People’, pp. 215-216. D. Rowley, The Destruction, (Canberra, 1970), p. 337. , p. 339. 50 Hannah Middleton, But Now We Want the Land Back, (Sydney, 1977), p. 73. 51 Robert A. ) thesis, (Canberra, 1979), p. 2. 52 Broome, Aboriginal Australians, p. 169. 53 Broome, Aboriginal Australians, p. 137. 54 Hall, ‘The Army and the Aborigines’. See, in particular, Chapter Five – ’The Determinants of Army A itudes’ – especially pp.

Thus, they were loath to return to the situation of wage exploitation which had existed in the Northern Territory ca le industry. Second, the taste of near-equality which the Armed Forces provided for some Aboriginal soldiers would not be soon forgo en. Instead, it would serve to heighten the bi erness and anger which would a end a return to the prejudice and inequality of civilian life. Men who had fought for their country would deeply resent the legal restrictions which that country placed upon them.

54 It is noteworthy that throughout the war years it was only Black Australian men who were pressed into military and support service, and this was particularly true in 1942, when the nation was threatened with Japanese invasion. Had there been no direct menace to the Australian mainland, there is no doubt that only a small fraction of those Black Australians who saw military action or were employed by the Army would ever have been allowed to contribute. In short, the Army’s resort to Aboriginal manpower was largely the result of a crisis mentality operating within the context of strategic considerations.

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