Australian Popular Culture

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 228 pages
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Australia's leisure culture is legendary, and as millions of British viewers of Neighbours, fans of Yothu Yindi or drinkers of Castlemaine XXXX would attest, Australian popular culture is popular outside of Australia. Australian Popular Culture is an exciting collection of essays bringing together new perspectives on the nature and meaning of a nation's changing life. The collection also explores the idea of popular culture at large. Leading authors represent a range of approaches, backgrounds and fields to explore subjects of wide interest within the categories of 'the everyday', 'the mass media' and 'critical theory'. Chapters are devoted to the Aussie Back Yard; Vegemite; postage stamps; Australian Rules football; the introduction of television; Crocodile Dundee; The Lindy Chamberlain Affair; Spycatcher; Domesticity, leisure and love and Postmodernism and Australian Culture.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
POPULAR CULTURE AS THE EVERYDAY
15
The Australian Back Yard
22
Stamp Duty
36
Australian Football as a Secular Religion
46
POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MASS MEDIA
66
Crocodile Dundee and the Revival of American Virtue
79
Television Coproduction in the 1990s
87
National Fictions and The Spycatcher Trial
123
Australian Crime News as Popular Culture
135
POPULAR CULTURE AND CRITICAL THEORY
149
An Australian Legend Abroad
161
Social Analysis in the 1940s and 1950s
173
Apocalyptic Hedonism and the Origins of Postmodernism
190
Bibliography
205
Notes on Contributors
227

Patterns of Control in Australian Crime Fiction
109

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