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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. 
Price: 12.50 AUD
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The Imaginary Girlfriend, Irving, John
2 Irving, John The Imaginary Girlfriend
U. K. Black Swan 1997 0552996807 / 9780552996808 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
160 pages including b/w illustrations. This work is a lucid portrait of the writers and wrestlers who played a mentor role in John Irving's development as a novelist, a wrestler and a wrestling coach. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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A New Australian, A New Australia, Kraus, Paul
3 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. 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Krishnamurti: Reflections on the Self, Krishnamurti, Jiddu
4 Krishnamurti, Jiddu Krishnamurti: Reflections on the Self
U.S.A. Open Court 2004 0812693558 / 9780812693553 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
214 indexed pages. Described by the Dalai Lama as "one of the greatest thinkers of the age", Jiddu Krishnamurti has influenced millions throughout the 20th century, including Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Henry Miller and Joseph Campbell. Born of middle-class Brahmin parents in 1895, Krishnamurti was recognised at age fourteen by theosophists Annie Besant and C W Leadbetter as an anticipated world teacher and proclaimed to be the vehicle for the reincarnation of Christ in the West and of Buddha in the East. In 1929 he repudiated these claims and travelled the world, sharing his philosophical insights and establishing schools and foundations. Because Krishnamurti had no interest in presenting theories, his thought is far removed from academic philosophy in the analytic tradition, yet his insights remain extremely relevant to contemporary philosophical theories and to those interested in understanding themselves and the world. Rather than a theorist, Krishnamurti is regarded as a seer and a teacher. He perceived inherent distorting psychological structures that bring about a division in the individual's consciousness between "the observer" and "the observed". He believed this division was a potent source of conflict, both within the individual and externally for society as a whole, and offered a way to transcend these harmful structures through a radical transformation in human consciousness. This is a collection of Krishnamurti's writings and lectures about the individual in relation to society. He examines the importance of inquiry, the role of the emotions, the relation between experience and the self, the observer/observed distinction, the nature of freedom, and other philosophical ideas. Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was a speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. He claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and he spent the the last years of his life travelling the world, speaking to many people. 
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