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Author Gill, Sam D., 1943-
Title Storytracking : texts, stories, & histories in central Australia / Sam D. Gill.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.

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Author Gill, Sam D., 1943-
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Central Australia -- Folklore.
Tales -- Australia -- Central Australia -- History and criticism.
Mythology, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Central Australia.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 276 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-267) and index.
Summary This work takes the narrative technique of "storytracking", as practised by Australian aboriginal peoples, and applies it to the academic study of their culture.
"Storytracking is a work of theory and application. It is both a study of history and culture and of the academic issues accompanying the interpretation and observation of other peoples. Sam Gill writes about Central Australia, but, more importantly, he writes about the business of trying to live responsibly and decisively in a postmodern world faced with irreconcilable diversity and complexity, with undeniable ambiguity and uncertainty." "Storytracking includes engaging accounts of many of the colorful figures involved in the nineteenth-century development of Central Australia, and it is an argument for a multiperspectival theory of history. It presents descriptions of an important aboriginal culture - the Arrernte - and it critically examines ethnography. It exposes the colonialist underbelly of all modern academic culture study, yet it embraces the situation as one of creative potential, outlining an interactivist epistemology with which to negotiate the classical alternatives of objectivism and subjectivism. Gill presents an examination of the emergent academic study of religion focused on two exemplary scholars - Mircea Eliade and Jonathan Smith - offering a play theory of religion as the basis for innovative critical discussions of text, comparison, interpretation, the definition of religion, academic writing style, and the role of "the other." Based on painstakingly detailed research, Gill exposes disturbing and confounding dimensions of the modern world, particularly academia. Yet, beyond the pessimism that often characterizes postmodernity, he charts an optimistic and creative course framed in the terms of play."--Jacket.
Contents 1. Storytracking the Arrente through the Academic Bush -- 2. Storytracking Toward Theory -- 3. Central Australia -- 4. Irbmangkara -- 5. Altjira -- 6. The Arrernte -- 7. Storytracking the Academic Study of Religion -- 8. End Game.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585220948 (electronic bk.)
9780585220949 (electronic bk.)
9780195115888 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
0195115880 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
0195115880 (Paper)
OCLC # 44960456
Additional Format Print version: Gill, Sam D., 1943- Storytracking. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998 0195115872 (DLC) 96051727 (OCoLC)36066054

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