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Issue Details: First known date: 1940... 1940 The Temperament of Generations
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The Voice of Our Disquietude A. R. Chisholm , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 27 no. 1 1968; (p. 103-105)

' The change in the calibre of Australian students as compared to earlier times is discussed. Among successive generations of students, temperament is variable, whereas their average intellectual calibre is almost the same.' (Publication abstract)

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The Politics of Action Ian Turner , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 27 no. 1 1968; (p. 106-108)

'The next section of this eleven-part series of articles. The change in the calibre of Australian students as compared to earlier times is discussed. Among successive generations of students, temperament is variable, whereas their average intellectual calibre is almost the same.'  (Publication abstract)

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The Monstrous Accent on Youth Thea Astley , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 27 no. 1 1968; (p. 109-10) Meanjin Anthology 2012; (p. 90-91)

'The third part of this eleven-part series of articles. The change in the calibre of Australian students as compared to earlier times is discussed. Among successive generations of students, temperament is variable, whereas their average intellectual calibre is almost the same.'  (Publication abstract)

4
The Temperaments Are the Same Laurie Clancy , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Winter vol. 27 no. 2 1968; (p. 211-214)

'The author argues how apathetic and uneducated Australian society is today. He mentions the cause and effect of certain Liberal party policies, for instance the cuts to education, that have concomitant effects in creating ignorant youth.'  (Publication abstract)

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To the Gutless Wonders Alan Seymour , 1968 single work essay satire
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Winter vol. 27 no. 2 1968; (p. 215-217) We Took Their Orders and Are Dead : An Anti-War Anthology 1971; (p. 114-118)

'A  creative opinion piece in the style of a lecture to the younger generation, full of tongue-in-cheek advice, warnings and cynicism.'  (Publication abstract)

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The Self-Watchers Thelma Forshaw , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Winter vol. 27 no. 2 1968; (p. 218-219)

'Today's is a self-watching generation. Outer events are not so important in themselves as the reactions they produce in both observer and participant. These reactions are mainly dictated by outside pressures and are not wholly personal. Everyone is his own Big Brother and watches himself anxiously for deviations from what has been disseminated as Modern Thinking.'  (Publication abstract)

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Protest and Anaesthesia Douglas Kirsner , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 27 no. 3 1968; (p. 365-371) Meanjin Anthology 2012; (p. 92)

'The continuing series of articles on the 'Temperament of Generations'. The paternalistic view of society as people being passive recipients of goods and government is discussed. Modern radicals feel transformation of society in a socialist and democratic direction to be essential.'  (Publication abstract)

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Dissent and Activism : A Personal View Petro Georgiou , Josef Szwarc , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 27 no. 3 1968; (p. 371-375)

'The continuing series of articles on the 'Temperament of Generations'. The three major types of dissenters and the roles that they play are discussed. The question of one's own involvement in issue-oriented activism depends on the nature of the issue concerned.'  (Publication abstract)

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The Generations Gap Alex Carey , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 27 no. 3 1968; (p. 375-381)

'The continuing series of articles on the 'Temperament of Generations'. The tendency to look upon the Australian youth with remorseless esteem is discussed. The author disputes a generation gap, saying that the youth of the day are just as conservative as their parents.'  (Publication abstract)

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A Voice for a New Generation Rainer Taeni , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Summer vol. 27 no. 4 1968; (p. 489-492)

'The next section of the eleven-part series of articles.The need for the changing reforms in West German universities is discussed. The new wave of consciousness rising up within universities all over the world is a hopeful beginning, and is greatly welcomed.' (Publication abstract)

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My Childhood Universities Max Teichmann , 1968 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Summer vol. 27 no. 4 1968; (p. 493-495)

'An interesting process in life is the way in which one moves through the generations. Is a generation really thirty-three years, or is it only ten? But what a long time ten years is. When you meet someone whom you haven't seen for fifteen years, or even ten, it doesn't seem like a generation, it is another life. And so many of one's old friends are ghosts. Did they really look like that, talk like that? Did one ever really understand them? Great wedges of their personality have been withdrawn or have just collapsed, since one last met them. They look like disused piers. Are these wedges Marxism-Leninism, or the other things one argued about or just thought about in the 'forties and 'fifties? If they are, then these old friends couldn't have been living during those years - just killing time, and youth, and fantasy Fascists. Perhaps the realisation of those lost years is weighing us all down. Perhaps ten or twenty years out of one's life, no matter how spent, leaves its mark. But put that way, ten or twenty years doesn't seem long at all. They shouldn't look so crapped off.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon Meanjin Meanjin Papers; Meanjin Quarterly Sophie Cunningham (editor), Sally Heath (editor), C. B. Christesen (editor), Jim Davidson (editor), Judith Brett (editor), Christina Thompson (editor), Stephanie Holt (editor), Ian Britain (editor), Jenny Lee (editor), Brisbane : Meanjin Press , 1940-1944 Z838453 1940 periodical (309 issues)

    The first issue of Meanjin was published at Brisbane in 1940, containing the poems of Clem Christesen, James Picot, Brian Vrepont and Paul Grano. Christesen was the founding editor and remained in that position until 1974, attempting to produce a 'journal of ideas, built around books, to encourage free expression and intelligent criticism, to put forward "advance guard" material, develop contacts abroad--a Literary Lend-lease'. To this end, Christesen attracted a diverse group of writers from Australia and overseas. In the 1940s Australian writers included poets such as Harold Stewart, Harry Hooton, Peter Hopegood, Max Harris, Rex Ingamells, Hugh McCrae and R. D. FitzGerald ; critics such as Vance and Nettie Palmer, A. R. Chisholm and R. G. Howarth; fiction writers such as Xavier Herbert and Katharine Susannah Prichard; and a variety of other commentators such as Norman Bartlett, Lloyd Ross, Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark. Overseas writers whose work appeared in Meanjin included Anais Nin, Arthur Koestler and Jean-Paul Sartre. Accompanying the work of these writers were sketches, designs and woodcuts from a number of visual artists, including Margaret Preston, Frank Medworth, Noel Counihan and Roy Dalgarno.

    Following an offer by Melbourne University to publish and manage the magazine, Christesen and his wife, Nina, moved to Melbourne in February 1945. Despite the financial security and institutional support, circulation dropped during the next twelve months. Christesen was forced to seek sponsorship from other sources to supplement the contribution from the university. By the late 1940s the distinct business connection with the university had ended but infrastructure was still provided, maintaining Meanjin 's institutional home.

    With the onset of the Cold War, Communist Party sympathisers were being increasingly targetted and Meanjin was no exception. The Christesens were regularly under surveillance and were implicated in the Petrov Affair in 1955. But despite this adverse attention (threatening the approval of literary grants) and the destruction of many friendships, the circulation of Meanjin remained strong throughout the 1950s. In the late 1950s and 1960s, Christesen continued to attract the work of some of Australia's best writers and intellectuals, building a strong group of regular contributors, including A. D. Hope, A. A. Phillips, Judith Wright, Jack Lindsay, John Morrison, Robert D. FitzGerald, James K Baxter and David Martin. Meanjin also contributed to discussion on the visual arts with regular contributions from Allan McCulloch, Ursula Hoff and Bernard Smith. In addition, Several important series were produced in the 1960s with titles such as 'Australian Heritage', 'Godzone', 'Pacific Signposts', and 'The Temperament of Generations'. But with the growth of a new generation in a rapidly changing culture, and Christesen's flagging energy, Meanjin began to lose the distinctive tone that its long-time editor had fostered. The future of the magazine became a concern.

    The historian Jim Davidson had been acting as editor for some time before he was officially instated in 1975. During his eight-year term Davidson attempted to attract a new generation of readers to Meanjin, with special issues on Papua and New Guinea, Women and the Arts, and Aboriginal culture. Davidson also introduced interviews in a new format that brought the first change in size to Meanjin since 1951. In the first issue of 1982 Judith Brett was acknowledged as Associate Editor, taking over from Davidson in the next issue. Like Davidson, Brett responded to changes in Australian culture, extending the discussion of women writers begun in the late 1970s and introducing a focus on migrant writers. Throughout this period Meanjin continued to print the works of many of Australia's best creative writers. Contributors during this period included Bruce Dawe, John Tranter, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Tom Shapcott, Jennifer Maiden, Les Murray, Patrick White, Frank Moorhouse, Morris Lurie, Laurie Clancy and Michael Wilding. In addition to established writers Meanjin also published the work of new writers, including Tim Winton, Nicholas Jose, Marion Halligan and Garry Disher.

    Throughout the 1990s Meanjin went through several changes to format and faced a number of financial challenges. Jenny Lee's term as editor brought a more academic tone to the magazine and introduced regular thematic issues (but this has not always pre-determined the selection of creative writing). Many issues focussed on cultural studies, postmodernism, postcolonialism and the state of the humanities. Other issues explored landscape, music, women's knowledge, Aboriginal issues and the Pacific region.

    When Christina Thompson became editor in 1994, she brought another shift in tone, suggesting that Meanjin had become too academic, and pushed for a greater clarity in the contributions. Issues explored during Thompson's term included Canadian studies, corporatisation, suburban life, the Pacific region and queer studies. In the mid 1990s Meanjin faced severe financial setback when regular government funding was significantly reduced. Despite seeking outside funding, the diminished budget had an immediate effect. With inadequate funds to support productions costs, only three issues were produced in 1997. Thompson also experienced strong opposition from some Meanjin board members and did not seek reappointment.

    In 1998 Melbourne University bought Meanjin to avoid its closure, imposing stronger control of the magazine's business dealings. Stephanie Holt, with a background in visual arts journalism, was appointed editor. During Holt's term, Meanjin explored issues on travel, crime, reconciliation, and revisited the idea of the cultural cringe. Former editor, Jim Davidson, later remarked that Holt had made Meanjin 'absolutely contemporary again'. But Holt faced some opposition at the end of her term and was controversially replaced by historian Ian Britain in 2001, causing several board members to resign in protest. Britain has since produced themed issues on museums, life writing, drugs and food.

    Brisbane : Meanjin Press , 1940-1944
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