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Tuesday, 29th 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

'Having it all' or 'had enough'? Blaming Feminism in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, 1980–2004

  • Natasha Campo
    In July 2002, the Age published an opinion piece by ABC journalist Virginia Haussegger entitled ‘The sins of our feminist mothers’ accompanied by the blurb that she was exposing the ‘great lie’ of ‘having it all’ feminism. Blaming feminism was nothing new in the pages of the Age. However, in this article Haussegger succinctly put into words what various journalists had been hinting at for decades. She asserted that feminism in Australia was responsible for a host of social and political problems, including the declining birth rate and the idea that an entire ...
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Network Review of Books

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.

Fever Hospital: A History of Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Maggie Tonkin in the March 2003 issue.
    Fever Hospital ought to be read by all those opposed to immunisation, for this history of Australia's foremost infectious diseases hospital reveals much about the terrible history of infectious disease in Australia. Under its original name of Queen's Memorial Infectious Disease Hospital, Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital was opened in 1904 as a result of a public and municipal fund raising effort. The impetus for the establishment of an infectious diseases hospital came from the epidemics of diphtheria, typhoid, scarlet fever and other infectious diseases that had swept the Port Phillip ... read more.

Broken Song: TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Stephen Bennetts in the May 2003 issue.
    Barry Hill's ambitious 757 page biography of Australian anthropologist Ted Strehlow is almost exactly the same length as Strehlow's monumental Songs of Central Australia, a powerful but strangely anachronistic work which makes a case for elevating the Aranda Aboriginal poetic corpus to the level of the European epic canon which includes Beowulf and the Norse Sagas. Broken Song revisits the complex life of perhaps the most interesting of all anthropologists of Aboriginal Australia. Strehlow's immensely detailed and excruciatingly confessional diaries, which begin at the age of 14, are a ... read more.

The Convict Theatres of Early Australia 1788-1840 (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Marion Spies in the May 2003 issue.
    Due to the absence of a substantial body of primary material, the origins of European theatre in Australia have never been the subject of sustained and systematic analysis. Even Philip Parsons's seminal Companion to Theatre in Australia (1995) includes only one - although informative and well-researched - entry by Elizabeth Webby on 'Convicts and Theatre' plus some cross- references, and almost everything else the average reader or theatre-goer knows about the staging of plays in Australia from the end of the eighteenth century to the 1840s comes from much later works of fiction, such as ... read more.

Radical Students: the Old Left at Sydney University (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Julie Ustinoff in the November 2002 issue.
    A few years ago, in the course of my studies, I had the pleasure of contacting the well-respected educational historian Dr Alan Barcan. During the very brief period of our acquaintance, his passion for education became obvious. Not the vocationally-oriented and funding-driven education favoured by many of today's politicians and economic rationalists, but an education grounded in the liberal humanist tradition. He was an enthusiastic proponent of a structure that encouraged critical thinkers and challenged conservative doctrines. Reading Radical Students, therefore, provided me with an insight ... read more.

Departures (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the June 2004 issue.
    An Irish Catholic family living in Bathurst gives up one of its sons to the Junior Noviciate of the Order of Saint Francis of Assisi, where he will begin his journey to Holy Orders. It is a proud moment for the family and a proud yet devastating one for young Barry Hayes who has chosen that path at the end of his primary school years. Departures is the memoir of Barry Hayes in which he chronicles his childhood before and his life after that fateful day when he entered the Franciscan Junior Noviciate at Robertson in New South Wales -- a place shrouded in mist and mystery. To readers raised in ... read more.

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