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Selected Writings

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LA TROBE UNIVERSITY PRESS
13 February 2024
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One of Australia's finest essayists, the first to cut through 'the great Australian silence' to convey the richness and uniqueness of Aboriginal culture to settler Australians

'The most literate and persuasive of all contributions on Australia's Indigenous people' -Marcia Langton

W.E.H. Stanner's words changed Australia. In his 1968 Boyer Lectures he exposed a 'cult of forgetfulness practised on a national scale', regarding the fate of First Nations people, for which he coined the phrase 'the great Australian silence'. And in his essay 'Durmugam' he provided an unforgettable portrait of a warrior's attempt to hold back cultural change.

The pieces collected here span Stanner's career as well as the history of Australian race relations. They reveal the extraordinary scholarship, humanity and vision of one of Australia's finest essayists. Stanner's writings remain relevant in a time of reckoning with white Australia's injustices against Aboriginal people and the path to reconciliation.

With an introduction by Robert Manne

'Bill Stanner was a superb essayist with a wonderful turn of phrase and ever fresh prose. He always had important things to say, which have not lost their relevance. It is wonderful that they will now be available to a new and larger audience.' -Henry Reynolds

'Stanner's essays still hold their own among this country's finest writings on matters black and white.' -Noel Pearson

W.E.H. Stanner- Selected Writings is a re-issue of The Dreaming & Other Essays by W.E.H. Stanner (2011).

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Imprint:   LA TROBE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   409g
ISBN:   9781760644048
ISBN 10:   1760644048
Pages:   304
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

W. E. H. STANNER was born in Sydney in 1905. Stanner helped to shape the growth of Australian anthropology, and his principal interest was the peoples of Daly River and Port Keats in the Northern Territory. Until the end of his life, he devoted a great deal of time to securing recognition of Aboriginal rights to land. He was a member of the Council for Aboriginal Affairs and, in 1968, he was the ABC's Boyer Lecturer. He was a founding member of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee. He was appointed to the chair of anthropology at the Australian National University and served as head of the department of anthropology and sociology until his retirement in 1970. He died in 1981.

Reviews for W. E. H. Stanner: Selected Writings

'Bill Stanner was a superb essayist with a wonderful turn of phrase andever fresh prose. He always had important things to say, which have not losttheir relevance. It is wonderful that they will now be available to a newand larger audience.' -HENRY REYNOLDS 'Stanner's essays still hold their own among this country's finestwritings on matters black and white.' -NOEL PEARSON


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