We Are All Truth-Tellers Now

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Clark, Thomas ORCID: 0000-0002-0313-9484 (2018) We Are All Truth-Tellers Now. Sydney Review of Books. ISSN 2201-8735

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This essay reviews and responds to two books that revise understandings about Australian history and prehistory. One is 'Deep Time Dreaming' by Billy Griffiths; the other is 'The Sydney Wars' by Stephen Gapps.

Its purpose is to combine academic and aesthetic arguments that show how ill-prepared post-1788 Australians are for recognising the depth and complexity of the pre-contact countries we displaced. Noting that the main response to this ill-preparedness has been ungenerous and literalist, my essay draws out responses predicated on trust and imagination.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/39343
Official URL https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/review/the-sydney-...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Current > Division/Research > First Year College
Keywords Aboriginal reconciliation
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