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Thursday, 24th April 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

The Making of a Queensland Politician: Jack Duggan's life before parliament 1910-1935

  • Maurice French
    imageThe Biographical Registers and Jack Duggan Professor Duncan Waterson has a long-term and on-going commitment to the study of Queensland politics — an intellectual curiosity that is the more remarkable for one who was not born in Queensland and has not resided in the state for any length of time.1 This curious commitment is best exemplified by his construction of a biographical register of Queensland politicians: the first volume listing 635 parliamentarians from 1860 to 1929 appeared in 1972; the second volume (with John Arnold) listing 302 parliamentarians who were elected between 1930 ...
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Network Review of Books

The Long, Slow Death of White Australia (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Rob Edwards in the July 2005 issue.
    The idea of White Australia has been an enduring one. A new book by Gwenda Tavan, The Long, Slow Death of White Australia sheds new light on the origins and path to dismantling of the White Australia policy. In this balanced, well-written account, Tavan enters a long-standing debate on the racist or racialist origins of the policy, concluding -- unsurprisingly to most -- that the White Australia policy was predominantly about race. Further, she argues that there was no elite conspiracy to eradicate the policy ahead of its time. Tavan's voice is an assured one, passing through and beyond the ... read more.

Subtopia (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Jean-François Vernay in the May 2006 issue.
    Like many realist novels, Subtopia is the fruit of the author's experience. For a kid who lived out his adolescence in a quiet and desolate Melburnian suburb and ended up as an Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College in an American metropolis, one half-expects a novel of ideas set against the gritty urban backdrop of 1970s Australia. Julian, a narrator of many theories, recounts what he perceives as his static life:Events in suburbia seldom generate the dynamism that can propel us on to something else. Rather, they tend to stasis, like a boring plotless movie in which the camera ... read more.

Freehold: Verse Novel (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Adam Atkinson in the January 2006 issue.
    Geoff Page's Freehold: Verse Novel attempts to negotiate the different modes in which white and Aboriginal Australians connect to land and country and to counteract the forgetting of historical wrongs perpetrated against Aboriginal communities and 'justified' by white understandings of land ownership. Despite the back cover's claim that 'nothing is black and white', Page reveals that, like the Clarence river which repeatedly cuts into the novel, a sharp divide exists between black and white cultural understandings of land use. This divide in turn, serves to make Aboriginal culture transparent ... read more.

Griffith Review: People Like Us (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Nathanael O'Reilly in the September 2005 issue.
    A mere two years after its debut issue, the Griffith Review is firmly established as one of the most engaging, vibrant and relevant journals in Australia, able to attract contributions from the nation's most important writers and artists, such as Frank Moorhouse, David Malouf, Brian Castro and Tracey Moffatt. Editor Julianne Schultz and literary editor Nigel Krauth must be commended for attracting and selecting contributions of a consistently excellent quality. The Griffith Review has received ample praise from academics such as Dale Spender, Kerryn Goldsworthy and Michael Wilding and from ... read more.

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.

No Place Like Home: Australian stories by young writers aged 8-21 years (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Alison Miles in the July 2006 issue.
    'This is my retelling of a great man who lost everything to a silly colour believing.'1Silly colour believings have had an enormous impact on so many lives, and in No Place Like Home young voices reveal the scars of these assaults. This anthology started life as a competition when Australians Against Racism encouraged young writers to submit stories of 'refugee or Indigenous Australians, displaced peoples from recent times or from the distant past'.2 The resulting work captures almost forty young writers' explorations of exile and survival and of the rebuilding of their concept of 'home'. ... read more.

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