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This article follows Jack Lindsay (1900–1990) in his transformation from an Australian anti-modernist to a British-based Communist and cultural Cold Warrior. Lindsay was the driving force behind a cluster of initiatives in 1920s Sydney and London to propagate the art and ideas of his father, the...
Benedict Anderson's concept of ‘imagined community’ is crafted around the work of the newspaper and the novel as the critical media through which peoples came to imagine themselves as nations in a modernising world. In this article I extend this inquiry to silent cinema, and specifically Rudall...
Interwar Australia has often been seen as geographically and culturally distant from the centres of modernity, with 1930s Australian literary culture viewed through the tropes of isolation, insularity and quarantine. Through a reading of Eleanor Dark's experimental novel Prelude to Christopher...
In 1952, D'Arcy Cresswell published a verse play, The Forest, set in New Zealand's forested Southern Alps. In what Cresswell called a ‘tremendous defense of homosexuality’, The Forest depicts a pair of gay male poets pitted against the archangel Lucifer and women, who are in league together to...
This essay discusses the colour linocuts of the Melbourne-born artist and illustrator Ethel Spowers. Although Spowers was a key figure in modern art and design in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s, to date her linocuts have received little critical attention and are appraised only briefly and...
This article examines the ways in which the Fijian authors Vanessa Griffen, Pio Manoa, and Subramani revised and reworked modernist texts in their construction of a local postcolonial literature. These writers were schooled in a colonial education system that was, by the 1950s and 60s, in...
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