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Wednesday, 23rd July 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

The media and the 2001 election: Afghans, asylum seekers and anthrax

  • Marian Simms
    After the events of 11 September the New York Times predicted that politics and elections in the United States would be dominated by the war footing. Two predictions stood out: that leadership would be crucial and that election campaigns would be more sombre and less festive. This soothsaying would not necessarily have had automatic repercussions for Australian elections, however, the Australian Prime Minister happened to be on an official visit to the US and his shocked voice was on the John Laws program late in the day on 11 September (US time) — the following morning Sydney time ...
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Network Review of Books

Fish Lips (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Zora Simic in the June 2005 issue.
    Carolyn Van Langenberg gives good title and it's only now, having just finished her ambitious trilogy of novels -- Fish Lips (2002), The Teetotaller's Wake (2003) and Blue Moon (2004) -- that I fully appreciate this particular skill. Looking back, they tell me everything and nothing I need to know about what happens between the covers. The titles evoke the author's key preoccupations -- families, dreams, cultural encounters, passion, love, sexuality, grief, nostalgia, location, dislocation -- without giving too much away. Indeed, Van Langenberg is all about the slow unravelling of a story, a ... read more.

His Natural Life (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Graham Tulloch in the June 2003 issue.
    New editions of classic texts do not always strike the general public as particularly important or interesting. Nevertheless it is not too much to say that the appearance of a full scholarly edition of His Natural Life is an event of national significance. The greatness of the work and its historical importance (both as an evocation of the convict era and as a work that has been crucial in forming our attitudes to that era) would itself make this new edition significant; the complex and fascinating history of the shaping of the text makes it doubly so. Clarke originally wrote the novel for ... read more.

The Volcano (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Enza Gandolfo in the June 2002 issue.
    The Volcano is the story of one man's life, Emilio, a Sicilian peasant born in a small village 'in the shadow of a beautiful, terrifying, rumbling and roiling volcano [Mount Etna] ... that glorious and unmerciful monster'. The young Emilio seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps to work as a 'massaru ... the landowner's right-hand man'. One evening as he is picking briars out of his donkey's haunches, the donkey bucks and kicks Emilio. Badly injured, the boy ends up in hospital. During his convalescence and on his return to work in the fields, Emilio is struck by the cruelty of his ... read more.

Les Murray (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Tarita Clark in the December 2002 issue.
    ... How good's your poem? Can it make [people] alive again? -- Fredy NeptunePoetry throughout time has often been the victim of sarcastic laughter by the more 'serious' of writers and scholars as florid tales of love won and lost have sprung quickly to mind as the 'p' word is uttered. As an high school student introduced to the works of Australian poet Les Murray, I felt a renewed interest in the world of poetry, as ponies became able to fly ('Spring Hail') and the silence of the Australian landscape was really filled with the whispers of history ('Noonday Axeman'). For me, Murray had tapped ... read more.

Words and Silences (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Clare Johnson in the March 2002 issue.
    In Words and Silences Diane Bell asks of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge affair: 'what is one to make of the Royal Commission finding of fabrication?'(138).The Australian Federal Court certainly knows and in its recent, decisive finding vindicating the Ngarrindjeri women accused of that fabrication reminds us that the interpretation of silences is very much a political act. But the court's verdict simply confirms what the essays in this collection by Diane Bell and Deborah Bird Rose both convincingly argue: that the silences of indigenous women do not conceal the absence of knowledge, but instead ... read more.

Dark Palace (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Renate Howe in the Dec 2001-Jan 2002 issue.
    Oral Sex and the League of Nations: The Genre of Faction in Grand Days and Dark Palace Although the genre is hardly new, the publication of Dark Palace by Frank Moorhouse raises again the issue of 'faction' and the implications for the historian.1 I would argue that the blurring between fiction and history has now moved to a stage where Australian historians need to confront the interpretative issues raised by the popularity of the extensively researched historical novel. The increasing professionalism of fiction writers and the need to publish regularly has encouraged a turn to novels with ... read more.

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