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Black and white : in search of an ‘apt’ response to Indigenous writing

Freeman, Robin 2010, Black and white : in search of an ‘apt’ response to Indigenous writing, Text : journal of writing and writing courses, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 1-17.

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Title Black and white : in search of an ‘apt’ response to Indigenous writing
Author(s) Freeman, Robin
Journal name Text : journal of writing and writing courses
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 18
Publisher Australian Association of Writing Programs
Place of publication Nathan, QLD
Publication date 2010-10
ISSN 1327-9556
1613-4117
Keyword(s) cross-cultural editing
Indigenous writing and publishing
editorial education
Summary ‘The good editor,’ suggests Thomas McCormack in his Fiction Editor, the Novel and the Novelist, ‘reads, and … responds aptly’ to the writer’s work, ‘where “aptly” means “as the ideal appropriate reader would”.’ McCormack develops an argument that encompasses the dual ideas of sensibility and craft as essential characteristics of the fiction editor. But at an historical juncture that has seen increasing interest in the publication of Indigenous writing, and when Indigenous writers themselves may envisage a multiplicity of readers (writing, for instance, for family and community, and to educate a wider white audience), who is the ‘ideal appropriate reader’ for the literary works of the current generation of Australian Indigenous writers? And what should the work of this ‘good editor’ be when engaging with the text of an Indigenous writer? This paper examines such questions using the work of Margaret McDonell and Jennifer Jones, among others, to explore ways in which non-Indigenous editors may apply aspects of McCormack’s ‘apt response’ to the editing of Indigenous texts.
Language eng
Field of Research 190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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