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Friday, 25th 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

'Having it all' or 'had enough'? Blaming Feminism in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, 1980–2004

  • Natasha Campo
    In July 2002, the Age published an opinion piece by ABC journalist Virginia Haussegger entitled ‘The sins of our feminist mothers’ accompanied by the blurb that she was exposing the ‘great lie’ of ‘having it all’ feminism. Blaming feminism was nothing new in the pages of the Age. However, in this article Haussegger succinctly put into words what various journalists had been hinting at for decades. She asserted that feminism in Australia was responsible for a host of social and political problems, including the declining birth rate and the idea that an entire ...
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Network Review of Books

Suburban Anatomy (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Nathanael O'Reilly in the July 2006 issue.
    Canberra poet Penelope Layland's 2005 collection Suburban Anatomy was Shortlisted for the 2006 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards' Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. The cover blurb states, 'This is her first collection of poetry.' However, in 1998 Molonglo Press actually published Layland's first collection, The Unlikely Orchard, which was commended by the judges of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature's Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry. It is not clear why this information is not included anywhere in Layland's latest volume, as it is common practice for ... read more.

Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Susan Currie in the November 2005 issue.
    As a legal member of Queensland's Mental Health Review Tribunal and a former academic, I had developed a long list of questions about psychoanalysis that I kept meaning to explore. Why do many psychiatrists treat it with disdain? Is Freud still credible post-feminism? Why are some feminists Lacanians? What was the feud between Anna Freud and Melanie Klein all about? I thought Damousi's book might not only give me a better understanding of some central tenets of psychoanalysis, but also explain the antipathy towards it. And I have to say that it did both of those things and more. It ... read more.

The House at Number 10 (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Sylvia Alston in the January 2006 issue.
    I was drawn to Dorothy Johnston's latest book, The House at Number 10, not only because it's set in Canberra, a place I've called home for almost 20 years, but because it explores Canberra's seedier side and debunks the myth that it's a cold, soulless place. Canberra is Australia's capital city; it's also the porn capital. Not only can visitors to Canberra take in its iconic attractions -- Parliament House (both old and new), the Institute of Sport, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Gallery -- they can also pay a visit to the adult establishments operating in the industrial areas ... read more.

Russian Anzacs in Australian History (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Robert Crawford in the June 2005 issue.
    Elena GovorRussian Anzacs in Australian History UNSW Press2005310pp.ISBN 0-86840-856-5As number of ex-Diggers dwindles, an inverse growth in interest has developed in the story of Anzac. Elena Govor's recent addition to this growing body of work, Russian Anzacs in Australian History, joins John F. Williams' German Anzacs and the First World War in revealing a neglected side of the national legend. As the title suggests, Govor's study is an examination of the 969 men from the Russian Empire who enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force. Relaying this forgotten chapter in Australian ... read more.

The Literary Larrikin: A Critical Biography of TAG Hungerford (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Meredith Whitford in the September 2005 issue.
    Perhaps I should start by declaring an interest. I was editor and production manager of TAG Hungerford's latest book, What happened to Joseph?. (Jacobyte Books, Adelaide, 2005) I don't know him well, except through his writing: we've met only once, and our relationship, although cordial, is professional rather than personal. However, I do know that he did not want this biography written, and he withdrew cooperation and access to sources. As the Foreword says, he does not feel able to endorse the book. (And that's putting it mildly) This is not to say that Crouch is ever unfair to his subject. ... read more.

Politics, Patronage and Public Works: The administration of New South Wales, Vol 1, 1842-1900 (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Amanda Day in the April 2006 issue.
    Consolidating the history of NSW colonial government administration is a formidable and lengthy task. It is evident in Politics, Patronage and Public Works: the Administration of New South Wales, Volume 1, 1842-1900 that Hilary Golder has achieved success in combining primary sources, solid argument and direct, concise writing and produced a highly readable account of colonial administrations. The theme that is consistently argued and supported in this text is the long-term effects that the government had in the colony and how power was wielded in a systemic and controlled manner. It is an ... read more.

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