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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

Looking for New Opportunities: Sang Ye and the Discourse of Multiculturalism

  • Tim Kendall
    imageI don’t care what happens, I’m not going back, and no one in Australia can do anything to make me. Just try me: you can boil me in oil, cook me in soy sauce, pop me in a steamer, whatever you’ve got a taste for. Call me a slut if you like. Doesn’t bother me. “You’re a goddamn whore!” Yeah, and what of it! “The East Wind blows, the war drums roll; in today’s world, no one’s scared of anyone else.” Chairman Mao taught us Chinese not even to fear death. So why should I be scared of losing face? Just write it all down and to hell ...
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Network Review of Books

Who's Who? Hoaxes, Imposture and Identity Crises in Australian Literature (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Ian Morrison in the September 2005 issue.
    Hoaxes are an unusual kind of fraud. Their primary purpose is usually to gain something other than money. Some are perpetrated for laughs, others to make a serious political point. This volume of ALS gathers together a variety of approaches to a diverse group of literary hoaxes. It makes a good companion piece to the second (F-J) volume of the Bibliography of Australian Literature, also recently published by UQP.   At first glance the odd essay out is Carrie Dawson's 'The Slaughterman of Wagga Wagga: Imposture, National Identity, and the Tichborne Affair'. Dawson uses this -- scarcely ... read more.

The White Earth (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Phil Cloran in the July 2004 issue.
    You live long enough in one place, there's nothing you won't have seen. (p 58) As a twenty-something living in Queensland in the nineties there were few among my inner-city contemporaries who did not have a battered copy of Praise on their bookshelves -- even if those shelves were completely devoid of other Australian (let alone Queensland) fiction. Unlike more respected literary authors before him McGahan succeeded in drawing a wide readership to what seemed like the most unliterary place on earth: Brisbane. While McGahan is no longer a resident his novels return compulsively ... read more.

Globalisation: Australian Regional Perspectives (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Matthew Lamb in the August 2004 issue.
    It is the 'buzz-word of our times', as Bob Hawke calls it, in his foreword to this collection of essays; 'one of those terms which everyone uses but one which is difficult to define precisely', says contributor, Mervyn Lewis; the 'fuzzy concept', says Dennis List, another contributor; it 'is used so widely and routinely', says the editors, Shanahan and Treuren, in the introduction, 'that it has lost much of its meaning. It is used almost as a cliché, a word virtually without meaning, containing as it does as many perspectives and interpretations as its user wishes.' Again, Bob Hawke: 'There is ... read more.

Calico Ceilings: The Women of Eureka (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Paul A Pickering in the June 2005 issue.
    By the end of 1854 there were more than 3,600 women on the Ballarat goldfields. For a number of reasons the stories of these women have not often been told in the overwhelmingly 'male' narrative of mining and rebellion in Victoria's golden triangle. In this interesting collection Susan Kruss has attempted to give the 'women of Eureka' a voice through the medium of historical poetry. The intersection between history and fiction has not always been an easy or satisfactory one. A lot of paper has been wasted on bad fiction and distorted history. These difficulties, however, are not apparent in ... read more.

Rehearsals for Change (2004)

  • imageReviewed by James Walter in the June 2004 issue.
    Dennis Altman's Rehearsals for Change was first published in 1980. It reappears now as one of the first fruits of the decision by the API at the Australian Research Institute, Curtin University, to 'bring back into print the books of some of Australia's most important and inspirational public intellectuals'. It has a new foreword by Carmen Lawrence, asserting the current need for the sort of alternative vision Altman offered, and a modest afterword by Altman himself, reflecting on the limitations of what was a 'young man's book' over twenty years later. What can it offer to us now? ... read more.

Rhubarb (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Lucas North in the April 2005 issue.
    Craig Silvey's debut novel takes the reader into the nooks of Fremantle for a disarmingly personal examination of its eccentric underclass. His two central protagonists suffer disabilities, one with blindness and one with agoraphobia. But that doesn't mean they have to allow themselves to be crippled. Rather than give an account of the plot (there are several circulating on-line and in print), I wish instead to look at the writing and the development of characters, which are instantly striking and worthy of discussion. Mr Silvey likes to conjoin two or more words. While sometimes this ... read more.

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