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Thursday, 24th 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

Intention and Iterability in Cubillo v Commonwealth

  • Trish Luker
    imageIn order to function, that is, in order to be legible, a signature must have a repeatable, iterable, imitable form; it must be able to detach itself from the present and singular intention of its production.1In August 2000, Justice O’Loughlin of the Federal Court of Australia handed down the decision in Cubillo v Commonwealth,2 in which Lorna Cubillo and Peter Gunner unsuccessfully sued the Commonwealth, arguing that it was vicariously liable for their unlawful and forcible removals from their families as children and subsequent detentions in the Retta Dixon Home and St Mary’s ...
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Network Review of Books

Textual Spaces (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Rhian Healy in the October 2005 issue.
    How does one talk about Aboriginality? Is it best talked 'about' by academics? Or talked 'through' by Aboriginal people? In the end, does academic discourse represent Aboriginality, negotiate it, or perhaps, somehow, own it? Must it be discussed in English, or by using individual aboriginal languages or Aboriginal English? Through written languages, spoken languages, through physical depictions? Textual Spaces: Aboriginality and Cultural Studies discusses the implications of the use of language, especially in the politically loaded relationships between the speakers and those spoken ... read more.

Blur: Friendly Street Poets 29 (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Natasha Lester in the September 2005 issue.
    Underlying it all, however, is an undeniable strength: the determination to live and love at all costs; this is why human beings need poetry (p x)This is the challenge that Amelia Walker and Shen, editors of Blur, the latest Friendly Street Poets' anthology, have set themselves. So do they and the collection deliver? For the most part, yes. Blur is full of spirit; it resonates with poetic voices striving to capture every facet of the world in which we find ourselves living. Friendly Street was formed in 1975 in South Australia and is the forum for one of Australia's longest running live ... read more.

Samurai in the Surf: The Arrival of the Japanese on the Gold Coast in the 1980s (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Narrelle Morris in the May 2005 issue.
    This book deals with the Japanese presence in modern Australia. Joe Hajdu is a cultural geographer and it is no surprise, therefore, that his work focuses on the energetic locality of the Gold Coast and the cultural impact of the 'arrival' of the Japanese in the late 1980s and into the 1990s. Hajdu extends upon his earlier research in this area to explore the incoming and outgoing wave of Japanese individuals and investment in this period. The main text of this book consists of nine chapters. Chapters one and two cover the rise of Japan's economy and the reasons behind the choice of ... read more.

Marcus Clarke's Bohemia: Literature and Modernity in Colonial Melbourne (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Ian Morrison in the July 2005 issue.
    Bohemian House. Now there's an idea for historical reality television. There'd be the struggling writer, of course, getting just enough published to keep him going -- periodic minor successes drip-feeding the delusion that the book he's currently writing will be his breakthrough. And the bohemian wife. She will have given up a promising career as an artist, or maybe something musical, when El Jerko got her pregnant. The kids -- three at least -- are screaming all the time: each on their own can be quite reasonable, but in a pack they are monstrous. Then there are the drug-addled arty friends ... read more.

Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Rob Edwards in the January 2006 issue.
    The various ways in which we understand and tell history as well as the multiple variations on the 'truth' of an event are explored in brilliant detail in Katrina M Schlunke's book Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre. This book examines a story of 'massacre' from Schlunke's childhood home, the New England area of New South Wales. The event in question, known as the Bluff Rock Massacre by everyone in the area, involves the killing of Aboriginal people by white settlers. The massacre is a battleground for multiple versions of a history that most want relegated to the 'past'. Schlunke ... read more.

The Latham Diaries (2005)

  • imageReviewed by David Ritter in the February 2006 issue.
    Mark Latham was elected to Federal Parliament in March 1996 as the Australian Labor Party member for Werriwa, serving a term as a backbench member in the Keating administration. When Labor lost office in 1996, Latham was promoted to the front bench of the Beazley-led opposition, a position he held until retiring to the backbenches on his own motion between the 1998 and 2001 elections, at both of which the ALP were defeated. When Simon Crean became Federal leader in 2001, Latham was invited back to the front bench, serving in various positions until the incumbent resigned in late 2003. In ... read more.

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