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Adam Shoemaker Adam Shoemaker i(A1136 works by) (a.k.a. Adam Maximilian Shoemaker)
Born: Established: 1957
Gender: Male
Heritage: Canadian
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Adam Shoemaker, Professor and Dean of Arts at The Australian National University since 2001, was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at Monash University, commencing in September 2007. In 2016, he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University.

He came to Australia from Canada in the 1980s and held a succession of public, international and academic positions since that time, including three years spent with the Delegation of the Commission of the European Communities. He has written or edited eight books dealing in whole or part with Indigenous cultures and race relations.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Paperbark : A Collection of Black Australian Writings St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z299632 1990 anthology poetry drama short story criticism prose autobiography biography (taught in 2 units)

'This is the first collection to span the diverse range of Black Australian writings. Thirty-six Aboriginal and Islander authors have contributed, including David Unaipon, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Gerry Bostock, Ruby Langford, Robert Bropho, Jack Davis, Hyllus Maris, William Ferguson, Sally Morgan, Mudrooroo Narogin and Archie Weller. Many more are represented through community writings such as petitions and letters.

Collected over six years from all the states and territories of Australia, Paperbark ranges widely across time and genre from the 1840s to the present, from transcriptions of oral literature to rock opera. Prose, poetry, song, drama and polemic are accompanied by the selected artworks of Jimmy Pike, and an extensive, up-to-date bibliography.The voices of Black Australia speak with passion and power in this challenging and important anthology.' Source: Publisher's blurb.

1990 highly commended Human Rights Awards Prose Award
y separately published work icon Black Words, White Page : Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988 St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1989 Z106800 1989 single work criticism (taught in 1 units)

Shoemaker's primary concern is to look at the beginning of 'black people's' writing in Australia since the 1960s and focus on the nascent literary canon emerging through Aboriginal writing. Shoemaker moves the readership through non-Aboriginal authors such as Katharine Susannah Prichard (1929) and Xavier Herbert (1938) in a chapter entitled 'Popular Perceptions of Unpopular People to Progress and Frustrated Expectations: The Era Since 1961'. Where Aboriginal writing begins, for Shoemaker's purposes, is an area of literary production he describes as 'fourth world literature'.

1990 winner ASAL Awards Walter McRae Russell Award
1989 highly commended Human Rights Awards
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