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Monday, 28th July 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.

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'Let's get her': Masculinities and Sexual Violence in Contemporary Australian Drama and its Film Adaptations

  • Christine Boman
    Many commentators have observed the existence of a masculinist bias as a significant feature in the history of Australian drama and film, with the nexus between masculinity and violence evident in a large number of texts. During the last two decades, issues concerning men and masculinity have gained a high profile on the public agenda and, in the aftermath of the second-wave of feminism, there have been frequent suggestions that masculinity is ‘in crisis’. A number of plays and their film adaptations, spanning the decade from 1991 to 2001, can be seen to engage with recent debates ...
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Network Review of Books

Xavier Herbert: Letters (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Caroline Viera Jones in the May 2003 issue.
    With Henry Reynolds in one corner and Keith Windschuttle in the other, Australians are fast separating into two camps. Undoubtedly, there have been humanitarians in the past who wished to help Aborigines and yet the motivations behind their actions may have been diverse and complex. In some ways, Xavier Herbert's letters span this divide. An extensive collection, Frances de Groen and Laurie Hergenhan's tome permits a layered reading of the correspondence of one of Australia's first passionate protesters against Aboriginal injustice. The beauty of such an abundance of letters is that Herbert ... read more.

Spirit of the Rose (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Jean-François Vernay in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
    The short fiction genre has already established its pedigree in Australia with outstanding classic and contemporary authors such as Henry Lawson, Christina Stead, Katherine Susannah Prichard, Hal Porter, Patrick White, Peter Carey, Elisabeth Jolley, Murray Bail, Frank Moorhouse, or Michael Wilding, to name a few. I believe Pat Skinner has a right to join this literary pantheon. Indeed, two years following Bonding with Boofy (2000), Sydney-writer Pat Skinner comes back with a new collection of short stories, some of which (like Plastic) have already won literary recognition. A cursory ... read more.

The Brisbane Broncos: The Team to Beat (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Jim Chalmers in the June 2003 issue.
    Jack Gallaway's The Brisbane Broncos is a narrative of sporting and business success. It deals with the politics of sport and finance; the history of the 'greatest game'; innovation; and the battle for the hearts and minds of the Australian sporting public. Unashamedly a fan, the author takes us on tour of rugby league in Queensland, the political argy-bargy leading to the birth of the Broncos, and 14 seasons marked by achievement after achievement and, of course, the odd disappointment. He speaks as an ardent follower of the team and, he confesses, as a supplier to the coaching staff of ... read more.

The Big Makeover: A New Australian Constitution (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Narelle McGlusky in the November 2002 issue.
    The remaking of the Australian Constitution requires urgent attention and calls for informed public debate. There is general consensus regarding the need for change, but if this is to occur, it is essential that ordinary Australians are better educated about the issues. Constitutional change is necessary whether or not Australia becomes a republic. The document drafted at the beginning of the twentieth century does not fulfil the needs of the nation at the beginning of the twenty-first century. All Australians need to become aware of the need for constitutional reform so that the long-delayed ... read more.

South Australia and Federation (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Bernard Whimpress in the December 2002 issue.
    When I opened this book at a coffee lounge an acquaintance, catching the title, said 'That must be pretty boring!' I admit that despite the range of activities supported by Centenary of Federation funding, the subject of Federation probably passed most Australians by. The book might have been called something more captivating and if the casual reader reached the contents page he or she might have been dissuaded from going further. Three chapters in a book of 418 pages is an unusual structure and author, Associate Professor Peter Howell, takes us only as far as 1914. But it is anything but ... read more.

Hope: New Philosophies for Change (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Martin Leet in the July 2003 issue.
    Two discourses often surround our lives, discourses which contrast starkly with one another. One is very hopeful in its emphasis upon the unheralded possibilities for new, pleasurable experiences and for boundless opportunities for progress. The other is quite despairing in its preoccupation with rising levels of inequality and conflict, and with falling standards of political life and participation. In general, the promulgators of these discourses are separated by differences in power. The hopeful discourse is put forward by vested interests which seek to consolidate support for the existing ... read more.

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