Whitefella Jump Up
The shortest way to nationhood
In Whitefella Jump Up, Germaine Greer suggests that embracing Aboriginality is the only way Australia can fully imagine itself as a nation. In a wide-ranging essay she looks at the interdependence of black and white and suggests not how the Aborigine question may be settled but how a sense of being Aboriginal might save the soul of Australia.
In a sweeping and magisterial essay, touching on everything from Henry Lawson to multiculturalism, Germaine Greer argues that Australia must enter the Aboriginal web of dreams.
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An essay about sitting down and thinking where all the politics start and what kind of legend Australia wants to place at its heart.
Australia might well benefit from a new national narrative that recognizes its post-colonial status and fragile ecology, and pays more attention to its Aboriginal heritage.
Highly charged and instantly controversial.
Brilliant and original... A powerful polemic, skillfully organised, thoughtful and beautifully written.
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