Bruce Pascoe’s book has sparked one of those culture war punch-ups that actually matters. Here’s what you need to know about it…
Dark Emu: perhaps Australia’s biggest intellectual moment of the 21st century — selling a record 260,000 copies, it’s a lightbulb moment that transforms popular understanding of the past, tells a new story for the present, opens up the future. Its author, Bruce Pascoe, now a leading public intellectual.
It’s sparked one of those culture war punch-ups that actually matters. So, what do you need to know?
What’s this latest fight?
Academics Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe titled a new critique as a question: Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?, marketing it as a text that “dismantles and reframes” the Dark Emu narrative. In Nine’s Good Weekend extract , this question was taken a step further: “Did the publishing phenomenon get it wrong?” (catching GW in its own gotcha fail when it illustrated the extract with an ostrich).
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