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Myths of Oz: Reading Australian Popular Culture, Fiske, John;Hodge, Bob
1 Fiske, John;Hodge, Bob Myths of Oz: Reading Australian Popular Culture
Australia Allen & Unwin 1987 0043060056 / 9780043060056 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Good 12mo 
191 indexed pages including b/w illustrations. This book sets out to examine and extend our understanding of Australian popular culture, and to counter the long-established, traditional criticism bewailing the lack of an Australian culture. The authors argue that the ‘knocker’s’ view of Australian culture started from an elitist viewpoint, yearning for Australia to aspire to a European culture in art, music, literature and other traditional cultural fields. They argue however that there are other definitions of culture that are more populist, more comprehensive, and which represent a vitality and dynamism which is a true reflection of the lives and aspirations of Australians. This book offers no comprehensive definition of Australian culture, but rather a fruitful way of interpreting its various aspects. The barbeque or the pub, an expedition to the shops or a day at the beach, the home, the workplace or the job queue; all these intrinsic parts of Australian life are examined and conclusions drawn as to how they shape-or are shaped by what we call popular culture. The authors look too at monuments and symbols, from Ayers Rock to the Sydney Opera House, which both shape and reflect Australian culture, while a chapter on the Australian accent shows how language and terminology play a powerful role in establishing cultural standpoints. A particular strength of this book is that while delivering a provocative and stimulating series of viewpoints on popular culture, it also makes use of current academic ‘tools’ and methodology to ensure that we gain a number of new insights into the meanings and pleasures we derive from our everyday experiences. The authors are all academics with established backgrounds in media, language and cultural studies, and with a large number of books and articles to their names in this field. Their enthusiasm for the complexity and variety of Australian popular culture has been their chief motivation for writing this book. 
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A New Australian, A New Australia, Kraus, Paul
2 Kraus, Paul A New Australian, A New Australia
Australia Federation Press 1994 1862871442 / 9781862871441 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
148 pages including b/w illustrations and bibliographical references. A wonderful personal and historical account of migrant experience in Australia from the 1950s to the 1980s. Paul Kraus came to this country with his parents as refugees from Hungry. Migrants then had to fit in with the Australian demand that they 'become like us'. We see the effort the Kraus family make to fit in and the cost to them as a family. What distinguishes this account is the context in which it is told. The family fortunes and misfortunes are set against an historical account of a slowly awakening Australia. A New Australian, A New Australia has clear links with Andrew Reimer's Inside Outside and Peter Skrzynecki's poetry. - Deb McPherson, English Teachers' Association "There is a view of Australian history from the 1940s to the 1980s ... There is an account, personal and poignant, of the experience of migration and resettlement. ... Paul struggles to understand and represent the experience of others, especially his parents with their terrible losses in the old land and their efforts, rewarded and unrewarded, in the new ... It is hoped that those studying Australian social history, cultural studies, or related courses which touch on themes of cultural identity will make use of this book. Thoughtful students, in particular, will also learn about what is involved in historical and cultural studies. As Paul struggles to understand and represent the experience of others, he gives us all a lesson in the understanding such studies require. Name and date in the inside front cover. 
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