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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

Socialist Realism in the Australian Literary Context: With Specific Reference to the Writing of Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • Cath Ellis
    On 26 December 1933 Katharine Susannah Prichard, ill and thin, was helped down the gangplank onto the Fremantle wharf. Earlier, in London during her return trip from a voyage to the Soviet Union, she had learned from a newspaper headline that her husband, Captain Hugo Throssell VC, had committed suicide at their Greenmount home. Regardless of her fragile state, Prichard’s luggage was thoroughly searched. The customs inspector responsible for the search, claimed that ‘[t]he examination of Mrs Throssell’s luggage was conducted privately and without any undue ...
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Network Review of Books

Sexual Politics and Greedy Institutions: Union Women, Commitments and Conflicts in Public and in Private (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Julie Ustinoff in the August 2002 issue.
    For anyone who has ever looked at one of the few females who hold a prominent position in the Australian trade union movement and thought, she must be tough -- Franzway's book will convince you that you are right. Unions are tough environments in which to work, and they are even tougher environments in which to succeed, especially for women. Much of this harshness derives from what Suzanne Franzway argues is the status of unions as 'greedy' institutions; so named because of the high demands they make upon officials in terms of commitment, loyalty, time, and energy. For women though, active ... read more.

The Life of Matthew Flinders (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Ann Howard in the March 2003 issue.
    Sometime after 1774, somewhere inEngland, a small boy's hand reachedfor a copy of Robinson Crusoe. Manyyears later, the trembling hand of aseventy year old reached for the thickwhite sheets of Voyage to TerraAustralis. Legend has held thatMatthew Flinders, mariner andhydrographer, died without seeing thepublished book of his discoveries,passing away on the day it wasdelivered to his house, 18 July 1814.Miriam Estensen, author of The Life ofMatthew Flinders, confirms that he didin fact see it. As he lay ill, he reread thetext that had enthralled him as a boy,the tale that had, in his own words, ... read more.

An Australian Girl (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Marion Spies in the June 2003 issue.
    Many of us who remember the excellent work of Rosemary (Foxton) Campbell in editing Catherine Martin's The Silent Sea (UNSW Press, 1996) have eagerly awaited this new publication, which again clearly demonstrates the editor's accuracy and knowledge of both European and Australian nineteenth century literature and culture. Indeed, Martin's An Australian Girl is long overdue for re-issue in a reliable and quotable form, because -- although the original 1890 edition is still widely availible in Australian libraries -- the two modern reprints to date (by Pandora in 1988 and Oxford World's ... read more.

Invisible Invaders: Smallpox and other diseases in Aboriginal Australia 1780-1880 (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Lorenzo Veracini in the July 2002 issue.
    This study in many ways supersedes Noel Butlin's (1983) on a similar subject. The role played by 'Old World' diseases in Europe's ascendency is a field of studies that in recent years has witnessed renewed interest. Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel (1997) and, partly, Tim Flannery's The Future Eaters (1995) are very successful examples of this trend. Yet, while Invisible Invaders sets to challenge the many 'myths' that surround smallpox and its role in the disarticulation of Aboriginal Australia (by deploying a model of analysis based on current epidemiological knowledge), the focus is on ... read more.

In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Max Quanchi in the March 2003 issue.
    The editors and twelve authors of In Transit attempt to extend analysis of the nexus between travel writing and empire by tackling an assortment of nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, photography, official reports and travel literature. Travel writing from the colonial era is a burgeoning academic field witnessed by several recent anthologies, monographs like Barbara Hodgson's No Place for a Lady and others and the forthcoming Literature of Travel and Exploration; an Encyclopaedia (Routledge) but because In Transit spreads itself across too many continents, eras and discourses it makes ... read more.

Night Train to Granada (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Mary Besemeres in the April 2003 issue.
    This is a fascinating account of a politically fraught, culturally and humanly revealing sojourn as an outsider in a fascist country of the mid-twentieth-century. A self-confessed 'drop-out Arts undergraduate' from the University of Sydney, Grahame Harrison travelled to England in 1952 but settled in Spain for the better part of a decade, securing a precarious perch as an English teacher in Granada. Beautifully situated, home of the Moorish palace of the Alhambra, it was also, he found, a city haunted by insistent ghosts of the Spanish Civil War. The narrative moves between the author's life ... read more.

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