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Tuesday, 22nd 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

Woomera 2002 Festival of Freedoms: Experiencing Community in Tragic Recognition of the Other

  • David Monson
    imageThe protesters who ‘liberated’ the Woomera detainees preach freedom and tolerance but practise violence and mayhem … until more people … fight this [culture], street gangs of greenshirts and their allies will increasingly threaten our democracy and our freedoms. (Andrew Bolt, Sunday Mail, 8 April 2002)1 Anarchy — Show me a greater crime in all the earth! She, she destroys cities, rips up houses, Breaks the ranks of spearmen into headlong rout. But the ones who last it out, the great mass of them Owe their lives to discipline. Therefore We must defend the men who ...
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Network Review of Books

Ride on Stranger (1943) (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Cath Ellis in the October 2001 issue.
    It is no great secret that the publishing of 'classic' Australian literature has dwindled over the last decade or so. Teachers of Australian literature have struggled to find enough works of Australian literature still in print with which to piece a subject together and interested readers must now rely on libraries and second hand bookstores. Few Australian novels from the first half of the twentieth century are now easily available. For many years, almost sole responsibility for the publication of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Australian literature has fallen to Angus & ... read more.

A Gregarious Culture: Topical Writings of Miles Franklin (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Martin Leet in the July 2002 issue.
    As an influential literary figure, Miles Franklin has many well-known works. Less familiar and more difficult to access are her occasional pieces. This volume, collected, introduced and annotated by Jill Roe and Margaret Bettison, provides a selection of these 'topical writings'. Included among the selection are private letters, articles, letters-to-the-editor, reviews, texts of addresses and interviews. The pieces are arranged into six chronological sections which correspond to distinctive periods of Franklin's life (1896-1906 'An Australian Bush Girl', 1906-1915 'Splendid Work in Chicago', ... read more.

The Coldest March (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Christy Collis in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
    The Coldest March is a meticulous narrative of the physical aspects of Captain Robert Scott's two Antarctic missions: the National Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition of 1901-4, and the fatal British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition of 1910-13. Solomon painstakingly retells the stories of these famous polar missions in economical and engaging prose: these may be familiar narratives, but Solomon's account ensures their continuing interest. Solomon's focus on the 'secondary' treks performed by team members -- that is, treks which were not the final Pole missions -- usefully highlights ... 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.

Working the Nation: Working Life and Federation (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Shirleene Robinson in the November 2002 issue.
    During the course of the 2001 centennial celebrations in honour of Federation, a number of Australians publicly voiced the opinion that the original event was nothing more than a lacklustre political affair barely worth commemorating. These commentators clearly had not read Working the Nation. This edited collection thoroughly overturns the popular idea that Federation was an event directed by politicians that had little impact on the lives of ordinary Australians. The fourteen essays contained in Working the Nation explore the significance of Federation and the way that Federation impacted ... read more.

Diplomatic Deceits: Government, Media and East Timor (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Denise Woods in the November 2001 issue.
    In 1999, media images of the violence and destruction in East Timor resulted in a public outcry, which saw the Australian government initiating a United Nations approved peacekeeping force for East Timor. While in this case the Australian media had a quick and somewhat positive effect, this was not representative of the type of responses the Australian media received in the past for their coverage of East Timor. The role of the Australian media has been a more important issue in relation to Australia-Indonesia relations than to Australia's relationship with any other country in the region. In ... read more.

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