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Wednesday, 30th 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

Australia House: A Little Australia in London

  • Olwen Pryke
    When the new Australian Commonwealth sought ‘representation’ in London, it did not merely look for a suitable site for the new offices of the high commissioner; it also wished to establish a representative image of federated Australia in Great Britain. The ensuing controversy exposed a diverse range of practical and symbolic concerns, most particularly the ways in which Australians in Australia perceived ‘Australia’; the importance to Australians, both in Australia and Great Britain, of locating and building a ‘little Australia in London’ to represent ...
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Network Review of Books

Mixed Matches: Interracial Marriage in Australia (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Ann Howard in the April 2003 issue.
    The cover illustration of June Owen's book is of Barbara Hanrahan's Generations, 1991. It shows happy, unaware, smiling children being carried on symbolic journeys by adults with tears streaming from their eyes. The inside cover is a patchwork of everyday couples, sometimes with children, all smiling contentedly. Living in big cities all my life, used to a cosmopolitan social life, with Hungarian and Japanese daughters--in-law, it did not at first seem unusual to me that the couples were sometimes strikingly physically different. This simple fact has, however often been the cause of deep ... read more.

My Side of the Bridge (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Robyn Tucker in the July 2003 issue.
    Veronica Brody introduces herself in My Side of the Bridge by describing a place. 'I want you', she asks the reader, 'to imagine your way back to the year of 1840 on the Port Adelaide River' (p 1), and offers herself as a guide by lovingly invoking an environment of natural vegetation, black swans and Kaurna camps. But this is 1840, and the Kaurna people are not the only people around, as she reminds her audience by referring to the area's Kaurna name: Yerta Bulti. This means 'the land of the dead' or 'land of grief'', referring to the deaths of Kaurna people here from the smallpox virus, ... read more.

Settlers, Servants and Slaves: Aboriginal and European Children in Nineteenth-Century Western Australia (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Shirleene Robinson in the April 2003 issue.
    Settlers, Servants and Slaves is an absorbing and important book that will potentially change the way people look at Western Australian history. It is only recently that Australian historians have begun to investigate the historical experiences of children and have recognised the way that their youth impacts on these experiences. With Settlers, Servants and Slaves, Penelope Hetherington has filled in a considerable gap in Australian social history. She thoroughly examines the exploitation of both Aboriginal and European children by the settler elite in nineteenth century Western Australia. The ... read more.

The Dinosaur Dealers (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Daniel Herborn in the September 2005 issue.
    110 million years ago, a stegosaurus walked over the sandy plains outside Broome, leaving footprints which were eventually discovered in 1986. Just a decade later, they were gone. Such thefts represent a huge loss, not least to the scientific community which loses crucial information, such as the sequence of dinosaur footprints, or a complete skeleton, when items are removed from their context. The Dinosaur Dealers, however, is also valuable for its insights into the emotional and spiritual impact such crimes cause. A committed local amateur enthusiast died shortly after the footprints ... read more.

The Commonwealth of Speech: An Argument About Australia's Past, Present and Future (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Jasmina Brankovich in the December 2004 issue.
    This book by University of New England history professor Alan Atkinson was published in 2002, but it resonates with urgency in 2004, when read in the aftermath of the most recent federal election, when many are debating where Australia is moving to now. Much of this, as some have noticed, is happening in that doyen of conservative rat-bagging that is Australia's talk-back radio scene today. It is the power of the oral and the aural that those disappointed with the election result will need to learn to use better in the forthcoming years. In The Commonwealth of Speech, Atkinson understands ... read more.

How Simone de Beauvoir died in Australia (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Owen in the October 2002 issue.
    A beguiling title backed up by sharp, intelligent observations of cultural political life in Australia in the 1990s was my first impression of this thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking set of stories and essays by Sylvia Lawson, who is also the author of The Archibald Paradox, a study of the Sydney Bulletin and its first editor. Writing about the Australian reception of such events as the death of Simone de Beauvoir, French feminist philosopher and journalist, and of Raymond Williams, English academic and cultural critic, Lawson, like these public intellectuals, crosses the boundaries ... read more.

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