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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 [Review Essay] Awakening : Four Lives in Art
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'This book is a lively read about four women who had independent and active careers from the end of the nineteenth century up to the outbreak of the Second World War. Three of four subjects, Dora Ohlfsen, Clarice Zander and Mary Cecil Allen, tend to not feature in the more standard accounts of modern Australian art, while Louise Dyer’s career in the performing arts has similarly been little acknowledged. Each of these modern women headed overseas; all four, we are told, “shared Melba’s international outlook. Art was their ticket to escape from the confining conventions. Their means to join a diaspora of ability that knew no national boundaries” (vii). Their mobility led the authors to draw on international archives and those in Australia to piece together their remarkable lives.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Journal of Australian Studies vol. 42 no. 1 2018 13441138 2018 periodical issue

    'The national consciousness of settler colonial societies such as Australia often blends a complex mix of local and Indigenous identities. Historically infused with a sense of inferiority—and the imperative to stamp ownership on the continent—the stories that settlers tell, and the images and propaganda they project, seek to address this feeling. Robert Frost’s poem argued that, for the United States, “the deed of gift was many deeds of war”. For Australians, by contrast, the frontier wars neither gave nor served as a foundational narrative. In their place, mythologies emerged: of Anzac, of an impoverished Indigenous population, of an industrial “golden age”, and of a free-spirited, urbane culture. We hope that you enjoy the eight articles in this issue of the Journal of Australian Studies, each of which grapples with a question of identity and clarifies and challenges these prevailing mythologies.' (Carolyn Holbrook, Julie Kimber, Maggie Nolan & Laura Rademaker : Introduction)

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