Ar̲atjara: Aboriginal Culture and Literature in Australia
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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Aboriginal and Torres Aboriginal arts Aboriginal Australia Aboriginal communities Aboriginal culture Aboriginal identity Aboriginal Land Rights Aboriginal Studies Aborigines of Australia areas Australian Aboriginal Australian Government Black Australian Bob Maza body-painting bricolage Brisbane Broadcasting Bungaree Bungaree's theatre Canberra colonial colonists concept construction contemporary context dance David Mowaljarlai drama earth English Ernabella European example genre historical historiography horror films important indigenous Jack Davis Jangamuttuk Kevin Gilbert Kimberley Land Council Land Rights Act language Lionel Fogarty LISSONNET literary discourse literature Mabo MAZA means mimicry Mudrooroo myth mythography mythology narrative Noonkanbah Northern Territory novel oral Paddy Roe painting Pelican Laughed performance Platypus play political post-colonial Queensland Robert Tickner sacred Sadleir Sandawara semiotic settler sign-language signified signs social society songs spirit Stephen Muecke story Sydney television Torres Strait Islander totemic traditional Aboriginal Wandjina Western Australia Woorredy writing Wunggud Yorro Yorro
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