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Wednesday, 23rd 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.

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'In the Dreaded Park': Gwen Harwood and Subpersonality Theory

  • Cassandra Atherton
    imageWhether they are labelled masks (or masques), voices, faces, guises, identities, characters, selves, personae or subpersonalities, Gwen Harwood’s predilection for pseudonyms creates a provocative double bind. The construction of a fictive identity directs criticism away from the biographical and toward a linguistic and philosophic emphasis on the performative. This is primarily because fictive identities presuppose a language game, in which the author is subservient to the codes of the language system. By creating a name or a word to replace the unified self of the tangible authorial ...
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The Pursuit of Wonder: How Australia's landscape was explored, nature discovered and tourism unleashed (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Paul Genoni in the January 2006 issue.
    Recent years have witnessed a growing academic interest in the history of Australian tourism and leisure travel. Significant studies have included Jim Davidson and Peter Spearitt's Holiday Business: Tourism in Australia since 1870 (2000) and Richard White's On Holidays: A History of Getting Away in Australia (2005); while other contributions such as Leone Huntsman's Sand in our Souls: The Beach in Australian History (2001) have examined particular sites of Australian recreation and leisure. The same period has also seen the emergence in Australian universities of departments dedicated to ... read more.

Westminster Legacies: Democracy and responsible government in Asia and the Pacific (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Paul A Pickering in the April 2006 issue.
    In 1934 five young Nepalese men met to establish the country's first political party and to imagine a political future for their nation beyond the oppressive hereditary prime ministership of the Ranas under which they lived. Among the five were graduates of Nepal's only High School where they had been taught 'British history' and on the basis of this the political future they envisioned for their nation was as a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarch -- a Westminster system. Following the overthrow of the Ranas, the services of Sir Ivor Jennings, a leading scholar of British ... read more.

At The Typeface: Selections from the Newsletter of the Victorian Society of Editors (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Ian Morrison in the February 2006 issue.
    At the Typeface offers a window into the working lives of Australian editors and publishers over the past quarter of a century, as well as their thoughts on the industry as a whole. It also serves an important scholarly purpose in making widely accessible a substantial portion of the Newsletter of the Society of Editors. The Newsletter is a significant part of the records of late-twentieth century Australian publishing, but there is no complete set in existence -- not even in legal deposit libraries or the Society's own archive. The contributors and interviewees preserved in At the Typeface ... read more.

Yesterday's Tomorrows: The Powerhouse Museum and its Precursors 1880-2005 (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Daniel Herborn in the October 2005 issue.
    For a century and a quarter, Sydney's Powerhouse Museum and itspredecessors have focused strongly on the future; the coming technology that would bring with it moral improvement, the industry promising to revitalise the Australian economy or the artistic trend that would restore pride in Australia's natural environment. It is fitting, then, to pause for breath at this juncture and to look back. The new essay collection 'Yesterday's Tomorrows' fills this role admirably. Editors Graeme Davison and Kimberley Webber have assembled an impressive multi-disciplinary team to tackle the history of ... read more.

Strata: Deserts Past, Present and Future. An Environmental Art Project about a Significant Cultural Place (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Lynne Barwick in the October 2005 issue.
    Strata was a project that consisted of an expedition, an art exhibition and a resulting publication that outlines its rationale, methodology and practice. The environmental artist Mandy Martin collaborated with archaeologist Mike Smith and environmental historian Libby Robin, along with pastoralist Guy Fitzhardinge and ecologist Jake Gillen. The group travelled to the Cleland Hills in the Northern Territory and were based at a rock shelter, Puritjarra, where Smith made significant archaeological finds in the 1980s proving 35,000 years of continuous desert dwelling. The publication documents ... read more.

Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Ann Jensen in the January 2006 issue.
    The remarkable foreign correspondent Wilfred Burchett was given many labels in the mid-twentieth century -- traitor, spy, communist sympathiser -- but he called himself a heretic. He considered heresy to be a trait inherited from his distinguished ancestors, and his passion for heresy was devoid of prejudice: he could celebrate the Eastern bloc heretic Stefan Heym for 'tilting his very able pen at the bureaucratic stupidities ... of the building of socialism', as easily as he lauded the heresies of his American friends disenfranchised by McCarthy. Burchett was generous to such a degree that ... read more.

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