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Wednesday, 16th April 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

Internalised Racism and the Work of Chinese Australian Artists: Making Visible the Invisible World of William Yang

  • Greg Leong
    imageIt is only since 1997 — a historic year in Australian politics — that I have been truly aware, and consequently proud of, my own Chineseness. At the time, Pauline Hanson and One Nation were reminding Australians that those of us not of European descent were still considered by many as outsiders. When people suddenly start hurling abuse at you in the streets you begin to question your place in what multiculturalists, arguably misdirected in their good intentions, and their ideological opposites would both construct as a ‘national identity’. Tracing one’s cultural ...
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Network Review of Books

Still Murder (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Sue Bond in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
      Still Murder was first published in 1991, and won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction in that year. This republication is a 'Spinifex Feminist Classic' edition, and has an introduction by Marion Campbell and an afterword by the author. It has a front cover blurb from Kate Ahearne of The Age suggesting that the novel will 'establish Moorhead's reputation as a fine writer', and three back cover comments from Helen Daniel, Stephen Knight and an anonymous reviewer from The Sunday Age, all with positive, though unextravagant, opinions.   I describe all this as it provides a ... read more.

Terrorism and Justice: Moral Argument in a Threatened World (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Eliza Matthews in the July 2003 issue.
    At first glance this book threatens to be one of the many published in the post-11 September period that exists solely to capitalise on the tragedy through the use of the word 'terrorism'. This is definitely not the case here. Indeed, Tony Coady and Michael O'Keefe should be commended for this compilation, whose various authors respectively analyse terrorism from a largely unbiased and unemotional viewpoint -- something has been lacking by western scholars over the past year and a half. In the Preface, the authors acknowledge this essential problem with most scholarship regarding terrorism. ... read more.

Great Working Horse Stories (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Pia van Ravestein in the December 2002 issue.
    Great Working Horse Stories by Angela Goode conjures a time of clip-clopping hooves and the smell of saddle polish, a time when mates exchanged stories of horses that baulked at the rein and horses that literally pulled their weight. That time wasn't so long ago. Australia was built on a foundation of working horses, without them 'they could not send letters, visit friends, draw water from wells, make roads, dig dams, shop, go to school or to a doctor.' Great Working Horse Stories (an updated reissue of the original published in 1995) endeavours to remember this time, and fights for continued ... read more.

Pacific Prospects: Australia, New Zealand and Future Conflicts (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Eliza Matthews in the January 2003 issue.
    'Military leaders are trained to expect the unexpected' (p i). Thus begins the Preface of Pacific Prospects: Australia, New Zealand and Future Conflicts, a very useful read for anyone from lay historians to academics who are interested in how Australia, New Zealand and their militaries fit into the broader scheme of world conflict and peacekeeping. The book is a compilation of some of the speeches made by high ranking defence diplomats from the United Kingdom (Jonathan S Day), Australia (Gary Waters, Philip Flood, Hugh White), New Zealand (Gerald Hensley) and the United States (James A. ... read more.

Paint-Up (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Lisette Kaleveld in the July 2003 issue.
    Take a collection of stunning Aboriginal art, add the texture of the artist's commentary, narratives about the mythologies behind each piece, and insight into the arts' cultural meanings, and you have a window into the culture of Mornington Island Aboriginal people. I can only feel privileged to take a peek in. Paint-Up is, conceptually, a fantastic project, with a simple and straightforward agenda: To promote and record aspects of Aboriginal culture as counter to the threats to survival that traditional Australian Aboriginal culture is currently facing. As, author, Amanda Ahern says herself, ... read more.

Black and Whiteley: Barry Dickins in search of Brett (2002)

  • imageReviewed by geoff parkes in the March 2003 issue.
    Do we really need another biography of Brett Whitely? Dickens seems to think so, seems to feel there's more than the 'dirty little junkie' that tabloids have created (p2), more to the talent 'before the decline and fall', more to the 'mystery well worth unravelling' (p8). Is there? To find out, Dickins adopts a personal, Saturday magazine-style voice that tells the story of his plunge into Whitely-dom, inserting himself as narrator, main character, driving voice in a narrative clearly driven by his fondness for Whitely, sitting in the back seat of the narrative car. It's a voice that tries to ... read more.

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