Reading the Country: 30 Years On
Reading the Country: 30 Years On
Philip Morrissey and Chris Healy (eds)
UTS ePress
ISBN: 9780648124238

Steeped in story-telling and endlessly curious, Reading the Country: An Introduction to Nomadology (1984) was the product of Paddy Roe, Stephen Muecke and Krim Benterrak, experimenting with what it might be like to think together about country. In the process a senior traditional owner, a cultural theorist and a painter produced a text unlike any other. Reading the Country: 30 Years On is a celebration of one of the great twentieth-century books of intercultural dialogue. Recalling a spirit of intellectual risk and respect, in this collection, Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, poets, writers and publishers both acknowledge the past and look, with hope, to future transformations of culture and country.

'This collection will find an audience amongst the generation who encountered and loved Reading the Country when it first turned up, and amongst those who will find it now to look and sound completely contemporary; a book from right now'.
Ross Gibson, Centenary Professor in Creative & Cultural Research, University of Canberra

'What a great idea to have a publication devoted to this path-breaking work thirty years after its publication. The original book is full of surprises. It really seems like a journey into the unknown with its serendipitous confluence of painting and French theory with the travels across the Roebuck Plains guided by an indigenous elder. Nothing like it has happened before or since, in Australia or elsewhere.'
Michael Taussig, Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University.'