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Bitter harvest : the illusion of Aboriginal agriculture in Bruce Pascoe's Dark emu

Bitter harvest : the illusion of Aboriginal agriculture in Bruce Pascoe's Dark emu
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Barcode Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
S0004419950 305.89915 O'Br
Adult Non Fiction Indigenous Australia   Griffith . Available .  
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ISBN 9780995368316
Call Number 305.89915 O'Br
Author O'Brien, Peter
Title Bitter harvest : the illusion of Aboriginal agriculture in Bruce Pascoe's Dark emu
Place of production Sydney : Quadrant Books, 2019.
Copyright [2019]
Notes Bitter harvest is a comprehensive appraisal of Bruce Pascoe's book Dark emu. Pascoe postulates that, rather than being a nomadic hunter-gatherer society, Australian Aborigines were actually sedentary agriculturalists with 'skills superior to those of the white colonisers who took their land and despoiled it'. Dark emu has enjoyed extraordinary public and critical acclaim, winning Premier's literary awards in New South Wales and Victoria. Professor Marcia Langton called it 'the most important book on Australia'. Its ideas have already been taken up in school texts. But nothing in Dark emu justifies its success. Bitter harvest is a forensic but highly readable examination which reveals that Bruce Pascoe omits, distorts or mischaracterises important information to such an extent that, as purported history, Dark emu is worthless. Even worse, it promotes a divisive, victim-based agenda that pits one Australian against another. In short, it is a shameful, politically-biased work of fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Personal Name Pascoe, Bruce
Subject Added Entry - Topical Aboriginal Australians Antiquities
Aboriginal Australians Social life and customs
Aboriginal Australians Agriculture
Land use, Rural Australia.
Hunting and gathering societies Australia
Subject Added Entry - Geographic Australia
Genre Indigenous Australia
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