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Thursday, 24th 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.

Network Scholars

Selling Sexotica: Oriental Grunge and Suburbia in Lillian Ng's Swallowing Clouds

  • Tseen Khoo
    Diasporic Asian women’s writing has developed into a recognisable body of work over the last decade. More specifically, Chinese women’s stories have become the most commonly associated with ‘Asian women’s literature’. The most visible works are those written by Asian-American authors, such as Jung Chang, Amy Tan, and Maxine Hong Kingston, and distributed by multinational publishers. The gradual development of a corpus of Asian women’s writing in Australia, then, is partially eclipsed by the overwhelming number of Chinese-American publications and the ...
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Network Review of Books

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.

Whispering Gallery (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Stephen Lawrence in the October 2002 issue.
    Many Australian poets are whisperers, hoping to be heard. Their audience commonly consists of other poets around the country, to whom they send their smoke signals.Andrew Burke, however, declares that poetry is not just for an elite: verse is 'quiet talk', but by its architecture it is able to speak to many people in many different locations. The shape and form of a poem, illustrated by his introductory piece 'Whispering Gallery', determines its presence and its reach.There are some fine poems in this collection. 'Rainy Days', for example, captures the poignant warmth of cosy winter coupling. ... read more.

Illywhacker (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Melissa Bellanta in the April 2003 issue.
    My initial encounter with Peter Carey was decidedly nasty. Some years ago I read The Tax Inspector, and could hardly sleep for days in horror of Benny Catchprice. Carey had drawn Benny with a savage verisimilitude: his pale angel-beauty and violent instability making him almost surreally lifelike, like Martin Bryant walking from a nightmare into Port Arthur's reality. Of course, Benny Catchprice is not Carey's only creation -- nor is nasty his only register. Indeed, now that University of Queensland Press has reissued his back-catalogue (along with a new collection of his stories), one thing ... read more.

Yarn Spinners: A Story in Letters. Dymphna Cusack and Florence James, Miles Franklin (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Michele McFarland in the October 2001 issue.
    In fifty or one hundred years from now, how will our descendants know what our lives were really like? As substitutes for the kind of letters collected here, ephemeral e-mails may not make it to the archives of libraries or be stored in private collections. Even if they do manage to be preserved, will the informal style of e-mails make for great edited collections, worthy of publication? These are not new questions but they struck me most forcibly while reading Yarn Spinners. Marilla North includes other documentary evidence of these women's lives, such as postcards, newspaper clippings and ... read more.

Making the Australian Male: Middle-Class Masculinity 1870-1920 (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Dean Durber in the July 2002 issue.
    From the start, Crotty claims his position as a constructionist. 'Biology and nature are employed as legitimations for gendered behaviour, but do not actually create it'. He is not in the Biddulph camp. He recognises Australian masculinity as historically specific, changing and changeable, and sets out to prove this point. An increasing emphasis on the protection of national borders and the fear of illegal foreign invaders. The rise in budget allocation to the army defence forces. The awarding of medals to centenarians who have made it through Gallipoli and the two world wars -- 'great events ... read more.

Conflict, Politics and Crime: Aboriginal Communities and the Police (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Catharine Coleborne in the October 2001 issue.
    In a recent documentary by Dennis O'Rourke, Cunnamulla, a young aboriginal woman weeps over the prospect of her teenaged brother going to prison for a third criminal conviction. The boy himself seems resigned to it: there's nothing much to do in Cunnamulla and it was only when he went to Melville, learning about his culture, that he found life remotely interesting. Chris Cunneen's recent book describes how aboriginal people have been criminalised in Australia and how this criminalisation of Indigenous youth and people is part of, and inextricably linked to, a much wider issue: the denial of ... read more.

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