Ar̲atjara: Aboriginal Culture and Literature in Australia

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Dieter Riemenschneider, Geoffrey V. Davis
Rodopi, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 234 pages
ARATJARA is the first collection of essays on Australian Aboriginal culture published and edited from Germany. A group of internationally renowned scholars and specialists in their fields have contributed original essays on political and cultural aspects of Aboriginal life today. These various essays treat the struggle of Aboriginal peoples for land rights, their music, and their achievements in theatre, in literature and in the creation of Aboriginal literary discourses, as well as Aboriginal film and television productions and the representation of Australia's indigenous peoples in the white media. Among Aboriginal writers who have contributed to ARATJARA are the politician Neville T. Bonner, the dramatist Bob Maza, the story-teller David Mowaljarlai and the poet Lionel Fogarty, who has been called the most authentic Aboriginal voice among writers using English as their medium of creative expression. The volume is dedicated to Oodgeroo (formerly Kath Walker, 1920-1993), one of the foremost Aboriginal political and cultural personalities, and also contains a number of poems by Lionel Fogarty.
 

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Contents

NEVILLE T BONNER
1
ELISABETH STROHSCHEIDT
9
LIONEL G FOG ARTY
39
LIONEL G FOGARTY
53
PHILLIP ONEILL
69
ADAM SHOEMAKER
87
Dreamtime
109
MAURIE SCOTT
129
LIONEL G FOGARTY
145
JEANYVES LISSONNET BOB MAZA
165
LIONEL G FOGARTY
187
KLAUS RlELANDER
211
X PETRA LEHMANN
225
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