Catherine Berndt and Ronald Berndt (essay date 1982)
SOURCE: Berndt, Catherine and Ronald Berndt. “Aboriginal Australia: Literature in an Oral Tradition.” In Review of National Literatures: Australia, edited by L. A. C. Dobrez, pp. 39-63. New York: Griffin House Publications, 1982.
[In the following essay, Berndt and Berndt identify and analyze a number of myth-narratives and songs from the Aboriginal oral tradition.]
For the great majority of Australians, the most authentically Australian literature is virtually a closed book. One reason is that it is an oral literature. To some people this expression is still a contradiction in terms. However, since the Chadwicks' work on Oral Literature justified and...
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