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W. E. H. Stanner : selected writings

ISBN: 9781760644048
Format: Paperback
Publisher: La Trobe University Press (UBD)
Origin: AU
Release Date: February, 2024

Book Details

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.