Journal of Australian Studies

This quarterly journal publishes scholarly articles on Australian culture, society, history and literature.

Articles from December

A Fashionable Production: Advertising and Consumer Culture on the Australian Stage
I always suspected that nine-tenths of the women go to musical comedies to see the dresses. They proved it on Saturday by applauding the frocks, and doing it openly and unashamedly.(1) It was, in every sense, a most fashionable production when...
Australian Experiences of the Meccan Pilgrimage
Amidst the high-rise buildings, the congested flow of overcrowded buses, the array of white-clad figures, and surrounded by the Sirat Mountains, stands the Ka'ba -- the devotional epicentre of the holy city of Mecca. Between the eighth and the thirteenth...
Australian Grunge Literature and the Conflict between Literary Generations
In 1995, a new literary genre was heralded in Australia.(1) It was called `grunge', a problematic and soon to be hotly contested label which nevertheless attempted to describe a rush of literary releases by the publishers of new, young authors. Given...
Beer and Fighting: Some Aspects of Male Convict Leisure in Van Diemen's Land
On the evening of 5 June 1830 field police constables Richard Herring and James Edwards apprehended John Stewart, an assigned servant to the Van Diemen's Land Establishment, in the house of James King. Herring described the scene: A few minutes...
Brisbane Literary Circle: The Quest for Universal Culture
In the second half of the nineteenth century, technological innovation, mechanisation and consolidation of production systems in the publishing industry, along with increased literacy as a result of universal schooling, assisted in the creation of...
Classical Heroism and Modern Life: Bodybuilding and Masculinity in the Early Twentieth Century
The modern condition is portrayed by Marshall Berman as a life of paradox, a contradiction between a `will to change' and the `dread of a world in which "all that is solid melts into air"'(1) In the early twentieth century, this paradox of modern living...
`Divided by a Common Language': Accent and British Perceptions of Australia between the Wars
This paper examines the crucial role which accent has played in shaping common British perceptions of Australia, principally in the inter-war period, but with some reference to the post-war period also. The belief that Australians spoke with a Cockney...
Divine Browns and the Mighty Whiteman: Exotic Primitivism and the Baudin Voyage to Tasmania in 1802
When Frenchman Francoise Peron `begged' his fellow countryman, Citizen Michel, to satisfy the curiosity of the gathering of Aboriginal men from Maria Island by allowing them to `examine his genital organs', he had little idea what a valuable ethnographic...
Do You Want to Know More? Narrative in Australian Multimedia
The success story of multimedia technology has been in the field of information delivery. CD-ROMs, and behind them online subscription services, have virtually killed the printed encyclopaedia. Not only do electronic encyclopaedia offer the same information...
(Foot)Ball Gowns: Masculinities, Sexualities and the Politics of Performance
In 1994 rugby league star Ian Roberts and the gay-themed film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert both came out. In a period of Australian filmmaking where kitsch was king -- a la Strictly Ballroom and Muriel's Wedding -- Priscilla, with...
Futurestext
During 1999, the world prepared for a millennium. Japan announced it would deploy a hundred thousand soldiers to handle `incidents of confusion' related to year 2000 date-verification errors.(1) Norton Symantec released computer inoculation updates...
Globalisation and Home Values in New Australian Cinema
The history of Australian national cinema is one of visually claiming the nation as our own, of depicting the history, the landscape and the people in such a way as to take possession of them; of allowing a sense of being at home in a place, where...
Home on `the Block': Rethinking Aboriginal Emplacement(1)
`It is no accident that homeplace ... is always subject to violation and destruction'.(2) `The block' refers to a small area of Aboriginal-owned terrace housing bounded by four inner-Sydney streets, near Redfern railway station. Purchased by the...
Independent Australian Publishers and the Acquisition of Books
There are over 130 independent Australian publishing houses.(1) The term `Australian-owned' refers to companies with more than 50 per cent Australian ownership, while `independent' does not exclude those publishers that are subsidised or funded by...
Mawson's Hut: Emptying Post-Colonial Antarctica
Just over two hundred Australian passengers on an Australian flyover tour are preparing for a continent to hove into view out of the Southern Ocean, anticipating the moment at which the final frontier emerges over an unbroken horizon. As they survey...
The Australian Paradox(es) Revisited
The challenge of being asked to teach Australian Studies in Hungary as part of an academic exchange in 1994 helped me to confront in a direct and practical fashion some of the issues that I was grappling with in a doctoral dissertation(1). An obvious...
The Last Frontier: Australia's Maritime Territories and the Policing of Indonesian Fishermen
The stretch of water that divides Australia and Indonesia measures some 2000 kilometres in length. It incorporates two seas, the Timor and Arafura, and a number of reefs, islands and a continental shelf rich in oil and gas resources. The creation of...
`The Most Hated Woman in Sydney': Mary Dean and the Challenges of Writing Fictionalised Biography
Historical records of sexual crime reveal ... life ... at its ugliest ... At their richest court documents provide a window into instances of personal life ... we can hear people talking about love, emotional and sexual intimacy, power, betrayal and...
Writing Australia
The pursuit of learning and the acquisition of knowledge involve what has been referred to as civic responsibility.(1) It might be supposed, therefore, that education and scholarship connect in important and direct ways with citizenship in that they...
Writing through Trauma: Ruby Langford's My Bundjalung People
It has been suggested that our era could be defined as the age of testimony.(1) In 1997 and 1998 alone we have witnessed the publication of `The Report on the Stolen Generation' in Australia and `The Truth and Reconciliation Commission' in South Africa....
Young People, Politics and Television Current Affairs in Australia
The victory of John Howard's coalition government at the 1996 federal election and its re-election in 1998 have brought about a series of harsh, restrictive youth policies that for some, border on `institutional discrimination'.(1) Youth wages have...