The Aborigine in Nineteenth-Century Australian Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Schürmann-Zeggel, Heinz. Black Australian Literature: A Bibliography of Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Oral Traditions and Non-Fiction, including Critical Commentary, 1900-1991. New York: Peter Lang, 1997, 320 p.

Annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources relating to Aboriginal literature.


Attwood, Bain, ed. In the Age of Mabo: History, Aborigines and Australia. St. Leonards, N. S. W.: Allen & Unwin, 1996, 193 p.

Comprised of essays by various contributors featuring contemporary perspectives on and approaches to Aboriginal history.

Berndt, Catherine H. “Categorisation of, and in, Oral Literature.” In Australian Aboriginal Concepts, edited by L. R. Hiatt, pp. 56-67. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1978.

Preliminary attempt to form a taxonomy of oral literature by Aborigines.

———. “Traditional Aboriginal Oral Literature.” In Aboriginal Writing Today: Papers from the First National Conference of Aboriginal Writers, pp. 91-103. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1985.

Transcript of a lecture on the patterns and social function of Aboriginal storytelling.

Davis, Jack. “Story Traditions in Australian Aboriginal Cultures.” In Through Folklore to Literature, edited by Maurice Saxby, pp. 121-32. Sydney: IBBY Australia Publications, 1979.

Summary of narrative strategies used in oral tales intended for Aborigine children.

Goldie, Terry. Fear and Temptation: The Image of the Indigene in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Literatures. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989, 271 p.

Comparative study of representations and interpretations of native peoples in Australia and North America informed by contemporary semiotic theory.

Mudrooroo. Introduction to Indigenous Literature of Australia, pp. 1-16. South Melbourne, Victoria: Hyland House, 1997.

Summarizes the history of Aborigines in Australia, particularly as it has been portrayed in literary works by indigenous writers.

Muecke, Stephen, Jack Davis and Adam Shoemaker. “Aboriginal Literature.” In The Penguin New Literary History of Australia, edited by Laurie Hergenhan, pp. 27-46. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin Books, 1988.

Historical and thematic survey of Aboriginal oral and written literature.

Nelson, Emmanuel S. Connections: Essays on Black Literatures. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 1988, 118 p.

Includes essays on the literature of contact between blacks and whites in Australia, on the linguistic difficulties of translating Aboriginal texts, and on the modern Aborigine short story.

Stevens, F. S., ed. Racism: The Australian Experience, A Study of Race Prejudice in Australia. Volume 2: Black versus White. Sydney: Australia and New Zealand Book Company, 1971, 266 p.

Essays on the historical, psychological, political, and socioeconomic dimensions of racial prejudice between white and black Australians.