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'Nick Cave is now widely recognized as a songwriter, musician, novelist, screenwriter, curator, critic, actor and performer. From the band, The Boys Next Door (1976-1980), to the spoken-word recording, The Secret Life of the Love Song (1998), to the recently acclaimed screenplay of The Proposition (2005) and the Grinderman project (2008), Cave's career spans thirty years and has produced a comprehensive (and sometimes controversial) body of work that has shaped contemporary alternative culture. Despite intense media interest in Cave, there have been remarkably few comprehensive appraisals of his work, its significance and its impact on understandings of popular culture. In addressing this absence, the present volume is both timely and necessary.

'Cultural Seeds brings together an international range of scholars and practitioners, each of whom is uniquely placed to comment on an aspect of Cave's career. The essays collected here not only generate new ways of seeing and understanding Cave's contributions to contemporary culture, but set up a dialogue between fields all-too-often separated in the academy and in the media. Topics include Cave and the Presley myth; the aberrant masculinity projected by The Birthday Party; the postcolonial Australian-ness of his humour; his interventions in film and his erotics of the sacred. These essays offer compelling insights and provocative arguments about the fluidity of contemporary artistic practice. (From the publisher's website.)

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  • Contents:

    • Part I Cultural Contexts: The light within: the 21st century love songs of Nick Cave, Jillian Burt; Planting seeds, Clinton Walker; Nick Cave and the Australian language of laughter, Karen Welberry; Nick Cave, dance performance and the production and consumption of masculinity, Laknath Jayasinghe.
    • Part II Intersections: An audience for antagonism: Nick Cave and doomed celebrity, Chris Bilton; And the Ass Saw the Angel: a novel of fragment and excess, Carol Hart; Red right hand: Nick Cave and the cinema, Adrian Danks; Grinderman: all stripped down, Angela Jones.
    • Part III The Sacred: From mutiny to calling upon the author: Cave's religion, Robert Eaglestone; Oedipus wrecks: Cave and the Presley myth, Nathan Wiseman-Trowse; Fleshed sacred: the carnal theologies of Nick Cave, Lyn McCredden; The moose and Nick Cave: melancholy, creativity and love songs, Tanya Dalziell.

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      Ashgate , 2009 .
      Extent: ix, 216p.p.
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      • Publication date: June 2009.
      ISBN: 9780754663959 (hardcover : alk. paper)

Works about this Work

Untitled Catie Gilchrist , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , September vol. 36 no. 3 2012; (p. 400-401)

— Review of Cultural Seeds : Essays on the Work of Nick Cave Karen Welberry Tanya Dalziell 2009 selected work criticism
A Survey of Substantial Scholarship on Nick Cave to 2012 Christopher Hartney , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Literature & Aesthetics , vol. 22 no. 2 2012; (p. 268-280)
Protean Cave Paul Genoni , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 319 2010; (p. 54)

— Review of Cultural Seeds : Essays on the Work of Nick Cave Karen Welberry Tanya Dalziell 2009 selected work criticism
Protean Cave Paul Genoni , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 319 2010; (p. 54)

— Review of Cultural Seeds : Essays on the Work of Nick Cave Karen Welberry Tanya Dalziell 2009 selected work criticism
Untitled Catie Gilchrist , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , September vol. 36 no. 3 2012; (p. 400-401)

— Review of Cultural Seeds : Essays on the Work of Nick Cave Karen Welberry Tanya Dalziell 2009 selected work criticism
A Survey of Substantial Scholarship on Nick Cave to 2012 Christopher Hartney , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Literature & Aesthetics , vol. 22 no. 2 2012; (p. 268-280)
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