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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

One Nation: Who's to Blame?

  • Paul Newman
    The 1998 Queensland election campaign demonstrated significant support for the One Nation party. This support was not predicated on the articulation of detailed policies or a platform of any great coherence: as has always been the case, the popularity stemmed from Pauline Hanson’s ability to speak publicly on ‘certain issues’, and the community rebirth promised by her pledge to save Australia ‘for the Australians’. While the positioning of conservative politicians in response to the One Nation phenomenon has varied — recognition of the strength of ...
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Network Review of Books

Male Trouble: Looking at Australian Masculinities (2003)

  • imageReviewed by David Coad in the February 2004 issue.
    Male Trouble brings together nine essays using sociological approaches in order to analyse Australian masculinities. Seven of these essays appeared in print five years ago in the special 'Masculinities' issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Newcastle with almost the same titles as the chapters of Male Trouble. Strangely, this republication of already available material on the subject of Australian masculinities is not acknowledged in the Introduction (RW Connell penned an introduction for both versions). The blurb on the back cover describes the book ... read more.

Alas, for the Pelicans! Flinders, Baudin and Beyond (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Katrina Gulliver in the October 2003 issue.
    The bicentenary of Matthew Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia----and his encounter with the French captain, Nicolas Baudin----saw the release of a flurry of books and articles about him and the voyage. Alas, for the Pelicans! is one such book, and its editors take an interesting approach to the Flinders and Baudin expeditions, and their famous crossed paths. It contains narrative history, poetry, and essays on topics tangential to the two captains. The title refers to a remark made by Flinders about the pelicans of Kangaroo Island, and their fate in the wake of the arrival of European ... read more.

Blood and Old Belief: A Verse Novel (2003)

  • imageReviewed by David McCooey in the April 2004 issue.
    The popularity of the verse novel--at least among poets--continues with new works from Geoff Page and Paul Hetherington. Australian verse novels tend to either minimalist or maximalist poles. The former is most obviously seen in the work of Dorothy Porter, but it is also seen in the documentary verse novels of Jordi Albiston. The latter is seen in the long (and very different) works by Alan Wearne and Les Murray. The difficulty for all verse novelists is maintaining both the energy of lyric poetry and the impetus of narrative poetry. Drumming on Water, Geoff Page's second verse novel, shows ... read more.

Sushi Central (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Geoff Parkes in the February 2004 issue.
    How do you judge the debut work of a young writer writing about a young writer? What standards does one use to critique the work, knowing it was created by someone barely old enough to not work at McDonalds? Can age be an excuse for stylistic or editorial errors that someone wiser should have noticed on the path to publication? Or if we absent the author, the method of publication and the socio-cultural framework in which it exists, how then do we give merit to a text that without its context may not be that rewarding at all? All these questions come to bear when reading Sushi Central, ... read more.

Where the Cool Warrichi Flows (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Bruce Johnson in the June 2004 issue.
    These deceptively straightforward short stories do honour to a major literary tradition that is represented by writers as diverse as Proust and WG Sebald: to seek the meaning in and of memory, and also the memory of remembering:What my sister Dell and I have set out to do is to recover a lost world -- in fact two worlds: one, arising out of memories of our childhood on the farm, Marite, in the Eastern Transvaal in South Africa from the time of the Great Depression till the beginning of the Second World War; the other, including the South African ('Boer War'), 1900-1902 but reaching back in ... read more.

HM Bark Endeavour (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Helen Bethune Moore in the November 2005 issue.
    HM Bark Endeavour was first published in 1997 by the Miegunyah Press, an imprint of the Melbourne University Press. The publisher promoted it as 'the most thorough study yet undertaken of James Cook's Endeavour and her voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770'. It won both the NSW Premier's Literary Award, Book of the Year, and the NSW Premier's Literary Award, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction in 1999. At the time, critics said: 'Ray Parkin's HM Bark Endeavour ... must rank as one of the grandest books of its kind produced in this country'.(Peter Craven, Australian)'This is a ... read more.

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