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The Quarantined Culture : Australian Reactions to Modernism, 1913-1939 - John Frank Williams

The Quarantined Culture

Australian Reactions to Modernism, 1913-1939

Paperback Published: 23rd October 1995
ISBN: 9780521477130
Number Of Pages: 300

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In 1913 the Australian press displayed a cosmopolitan openness to the culture of the modern world. By 1919, however, Australia had become an inward-looking society bent on keeping the outside world out - a quarantined culture. This book looks at the impact of the First World War on Australian culture, focusing on reactions to modernist art. John Williams argues that the creation of the Anzac legend, the back-to-the-land movement, notions of racial superiority and the mythology of the masculine nation were reactionary and anti-modern. Reflecting this, Australian pioneers of post-impressionism were ignored in favour of more traditional artists. This engaging book outlines the forces - social, economic, cultural, political - that led to the stagnation of Australian culture between the wars. John Williams' original and provocative work, originally published in 1995, made an important contribution to Australian cultural history.

The mad kermesse
1913: a year of golden plums
1913: visions of a new world
1915-19 and the gilding of battlefield lilies
1919-20: blowing the national trumpet
The return of the city bushmen
Aliens among us
Blues in the jazz age
Fissure in the imperial landscape
Crash and aftermath
Whatever happened to the 'lost generation'?
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ISBN: 9780521477130
ISBN-10: 0521477131
Series: Studies in Australian History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 23rd October 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44