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Thursday, 31st July 2014

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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

Towards a Further Redescription of the Australian Pastoral Frontier

  • Lorenzo Veracini
    imageThis article proposes a reading of Aboriginal agency on the Australian pastoral frontier that departs from some of the conventional interpretative patterns.1 It simultaneously constitutes a reinterpretation of the secondary sources published since the late 1960s and a critical analysis of the historical debates on Aboriginal ‘collaboration’ and resistance. The pastoral invasion of Aboriginal districts was the major recurrent form of early invasion, and a common pattern of experience has been identified.2 The notion that Australia witnessed a sometimes determined resistance by ...
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Network Review of Books

Under the Wintamarra Tree (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Gillian Dooley in the May 2003 issue.
    Under the Wintamarra Tree is the sequel to Doris Pilkington's Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, which has of course achieved celebrity with Phillip Noyce's film. Under the Wintamarra Tree takes up the story of the author, daughter of Molly whose heroic trek was the subject of the earlier book. Once again, it illustrates vividly the damage which can be done by well-meaning interference and should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who has kind intentions of improving the lives of those they believe are worse off in some way. This is especially true when cultural barriers prevent them from ... read more.

Mixed Matches: Interracial Marriage in Australia (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Ann Howard in the April 2003 issue.
    The cover illustration of June Owen's book is of Barbara Hanrahan's Generations, 1991. It shows happy, unaware, smiling children being carried on symbolic journeys by adults with tears streaming from their eyes. The inside cover is a patchwork of everyday couples, sometimes with children, all smiling contentedly. Living in big cities all my life, used to a cosmopolitan social life, with Hungarian and Japanese daughters--in-law, it did not at first seem unusual to me that the couples were sometimes strikingly physically different. This simple fact has, however often been the cause of deep ... read more.

Girt by Sea: Australia, the Refugees and the Politics of Fear (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Geoff Parkes in the August 2002 issue.
    As our defence forces face another investigation into their government-ordained duty of 'protecting our borders', serial media man Peter Howard is arrested claiming he was abandoned by asylum seekers in the South Australian desert and John Howard's image, imprinted over a background of protesting detainees, adorns the covers of European dailies. Mungo MacCallum's 'Girt By Sea' is, at the very least, exquisitely timed. It is also a well-argued, convincingly pursued indictment of John Howard and his fellow Liberals and of the Australian people willing to swallow the inflammatory squirts of a ... read more.

Digging People up for Coal: A history of Yallourn (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Paul Genoni in the June 2002 issue.
    Australians are familiar with the concept of the 'mining town' -- a town which owes its existence to the need to house a workforce in close proximity to a working mine. Should that mine close, the town itself is often threatened with extinction. Some like Ballarat or Bendigo find new life as regional centres proud to share their mining history, while others shrivel or die as the workforce moves on in search of a living elsewhere. A number of such towns, particularly in the north-west, have been created in the full knowledge that the mine has a limited lifespan, and therefore the town too will ... read more.

Australian Short Fiction: A History (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Enza Gandolfo in the January 2003 issue.
    Bruce Bennett borrows the ocean metaphor from Christina Stead to begin his historical account of short fiction in Australia. Storytelling, Bennett tell us, is as a deep and multifarious ocean in which:the stories of a culture can be thought of also in a popular image of bottles from the past washed up on the shore. From this perspective, the literary historian is a beachcomber, bottle opener and translator. (p 1)In the ten chapters that make up Australian Short Fiction: A History, Bennett sets out to tell the story of storytelling in Australia. This is a chronological narrative that begins in ... read more.

Penelope Bungles to Broome (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Strephyn Mappin in the June 2003 issue.
    At the beginning of this book Tim Bowden is described as 'an acclaimed oral historian, broadcaster, and radio and television documentary maker who for many years, as host of Backchat, was known as the voice of the ABC'. He is all that and more. But it should also have added that Tim Bowden is easily irritated. By the time I'd reached the end of his travels through the Kimberley region, I was more than a little surprised that the book hadn't been titled Penelope Grumbles to Broome. Irascibility and general misanthropy aside, there is a lot to recommend Penelope Bungles to Broome. Joining ... read more.

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