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Thursday, 21st August 2014

API Review of Books

Altitude BirdIssue 44
Features reviews by Kathleen Broderick, Linn Miller, Christine Choo, Bill Thorpe, David Ritter, Eve Vincent, Stephanie Bishop, Alison Miles, Richard Kay, Amanda Day, Bernard Whimpress, Mads Clausen, Marion May Campbell, Sylvia Alston, Catie Gilchrist, Eva Chapman, Lucy Dougan, Stephen Lawrence and Nathanael O'Reilly. Click here for more details.


Altitude BirdPopular Music: Practices, Formations and Change - Australian Perspectives
The papers collected here in this special edition of Altitude offer a brief snapshot of popular music research broadly connected with Australia. The essays demonstrate the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used by researchers in the fields of popular music studies and cultural studies to explore themes of popular music practice, formation and change in an Australian context. Click here for more details.

Network Scholars

Classical Heroism and Modern Life: Bodybuilding and Masculinity in the Early Twentieth Century

  • Ana Carden-Coyne
    imageThe modern condition is portrayed by Marshall Berman as a life of paradox, a contradiction between a ‘will to change’ and the ‘dread of a world in which “all that is solid melts into air”’.1 In the early twentieth century, this paradox of modern living was inculcated as an experience of human flesh. As part of the physical culture movement, the effort of bodybuilding to shape corporeal borders acted paradoxically as a buttress against the sense of decay and uncertainty which permeated the ‘air’ of modernity, and yet was inherently defined by the ...
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Network Review of Books

Verandah Music: Roots of Australian Tradition (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the March 2004 issue.
    'Verandah' music is traditional and non-commercial in character and is played and sung primarily in homes and workplaces and occasionally at larger public gatherings. Usually, it is played solo or in small groups and is transmitted orally through personal contact rather than through mass media. The repertoire is often original, sometimes adapting or parodying popular songs. The survival of this homespun, unsophisticated musicianship is testament to a universal creative need unmet by the consumption of mass disseminated, professionally produced musical genres. The gathering of this music into ... read more.

Tender Hammers (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Andrew Johnson in the April 2004 issue.
    The New Poets series from Five Islands Press has, with the addition of this group of six, now put fifty-four Australian poets into print. The 'new' of the series title might suggest to some that the poets presented are young, and if not previously unpublished at least relatively unknown in print. Neither of these assumptions is correct. All of the poets have appeared, frequently, in print in a variety of Australian and international journals, magazines and daily papers, and while it is irrelevant as a category for judging the merit of the poetry, or much else for that matter, it might also be ... read more.

History on the Couch: Essays in history and psychoanalysis (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Stephen Garton in the November 2003 issue.
    The title of this collection of essays is enticing but misleading. It seems to promise a critical analysis of historical practice, looking behind the manifest content of the discipline's discourse to the latent processes, conflicts, wishes and desires driving the passion for the past. Only two essays, John Cash's thoughtful conclusion and Judith Brett's meditation on the art of political biography, really take up the challenge of subjecting fundamental concepts and disciplinary approaches to critical scrutiny. Cash offers an important critique of theories of ideology and socialisation, arguing ... read more.

Native Title in Australia: an Ethnographic Perspective (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Cheater in the October 2005 issue.
    According to Peter Sutton the Native Title Act of 1993 is an attempt to recognise customary rights by translating them into legal terms. Proving Native Title involves a process of cultural translation where rights to land are established through a procedure in which '...evidence about indigenous cultural understandings and practices comes under legal scrutiny and is tested, usually by non-indigenous professionals'. (p 1) Non-indigenous professionals include anthropologists, lawyers, historians and administrators. It is these men and women who are the intended readers of Sutton's book, which ... read more.

The Point (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Gillian Dooley in the May 2003 issue.
    The spirit of Iris Murdoch has visited Canberra and perched on the shoulder of Marion Halligan while she was writing her new novel, The Point. I am not suggesting that this is not absolutely a Marion Halligan book, full of the delights that implies; but there are too many echoes of the great British novelist's work to be ignored. For one thing, there are references throughout to favourite Murdoch motifs: the beautiful young man who resembles a Greek kouros; Julian of Norwich and her refrain, 'but all shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well' (p238); and ... read more.

Piping Shrike: Chrysalis (2003)

  • imageReviewed by John de Laine in the April 2004 issue.
    The cosy Australian literary establishment ought to be concerned. Their stranglehold on publication cannot last forever, and if the talents of the creative writing students featured in the University of South Australia's Piping Shrike: Chrysalis anthology are indicative of Australia's literary future, then bring it on. While parochialism and rationalism continue to cut and undermine publishing space for new writers in our elite magazines, it seems universities, via their creative writing departments and programs, are moving to plug the gaps. Piping Shrike: Chrysalis showcases 31 new works ... read more.

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