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Thursday, 31st 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 Wide Brown Land on the Small Grey Screen: The Nature of Landscape on Australian Television

  • David Carter
    Television in Australia has played a crucial role in defining the imagined community of nation. It has created new ways of knowing and belonging to the nation, not least new ways of identifying with the continent. As a condition of its postcoloniality, identifying with the nation’s human history and community in Australia has always been incomplete without an identification simultaneously with its land and landscape. As Tom Griffiths has written, ‘Europeans ... often turned to the natural environment rather than the uncertain human past for temporal depth ... it was the disciplines ...
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Network Review of Books

Left Right Left: Political Essays 1977-2005 (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Matthew Lamb in the August 2005 issue.
    There is something about Robert Manne which I have often found puzzling. But as I have also often agreed with what he has had to say -- or, at least, at times, not disagreed with him too vehemently -- I have never let my puzzlement outweigh my respect. It was not until Black Inc. released this collection of Manne's political essays, spanning the last thirty years -- including his two contributions to the worthy Quarterly Essay series, also published by Black Inc. -- that I started to develop a sense of what the cause of this puzzlement may be. Reading, in a relatively short space of time, such ... read more.

Ten Pound Poms: Australia's Invisible Migrants (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Shirleene Robinson in the June 2005 issue.
    Between the 1940s and the 1970s, as most Australians are aware, more than a million British migrants known as 'ten pound Poms' emigrated to Australia as part of a somewhat desperate post-war strategy to fill the nation with 'white' migrants. Some returned home to Britain after their compulsory two years, disillusioned about what they had found in Australia. The majority permanently embraced life on the other side of the world. In Ten Pound Poms, A. James Hammerton and Alistair Thomson use an extraordinary volume of first-hand accounts to map the diverse experiences of this huge mass of ... read more.

Australia's History: Themes and debates (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Marion Spies in the September 2005 issue.
    For this introductory and unpretentious little history of Australia, written for non-specialists, Martyn Lyons and Penny Russell commissioned a selection of ten contributors, each with a different interpretation of their task: either the writers chose an essayistic approach and discussed current issues in their field, or they gave an overview of how their topic of research and sometimes even the methods of research have changed over the past decades. I think that only the first way is easily accessible to laypersons, whereas I can see the second as particularly useful for students thinking of ... read more.

Amongst Friends: Australian and New Zealand Voices from America (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Richard Kay in the July 2006 issue.
    As this rather eclectic collection of essays tries to illustrate there are more than just military ties that bind Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America, described in Amongst Friends as the 'three great English speaking democracies'. Brought together by Georgetown University's Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, an array of leading Australian, American, and New Zealand scholars, officials and one filmmaker examine in sixteen essays the shared values and common historical strands between the three countries. The two editors, Patty O'Brien and Bruce Vaughan, have ... read more.

The First New South Wales Labor Government 1910-1916 (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Grant Bailey in the February 2006 issue.
    This handsome publication reproduces the memoirs of two great figures in the history of the Labor party: William Holman (Labor premier of New South Wales from 1913 to 1916 and thereafter, leader and premier of the Nationalist party until 1920) and John Osborne (a prominent backbencher from 1910 to 1919 who was centrally involved in the Labor party's campaigns during the period). The republication of these works is of obvious interest to the political historian but the publishers have also sought to attract a more general audience. The book has been produced with the assistance of the New South ... read more.

The Stone Ship (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the April 2005 issue.
    'I had come here to die', begins Shipton, narrator of The Stone Ship. He closes intending to return to 'a tree, and a length of rope'. Between, he describes the fantastic adventure of finding his way to the heart of 'the' University, and of coming to understand the institution enough to influence its future. The surreal arts including fairy tales, science fiction and fantasy, operate on literal and allegorical levels. When an author chooses an appropriate medium and maintains consistency, the reader is stimulated twice. Although evoking grim themes in a nightmarish world, Peter Raftos balances ... read more.

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