Making Friends of the Nations: Australian Interwar Magazines and Middlebrow Orientalism in the Pacific

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Title: Making Friends of the Nations: Australian Interwar Magazines and Middlebrow Orientalism in the Pacific
Authors: Kuttainen, VictoriaGalletly, Sarah
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Date: 1-Dec-2016
Online since: 2019-08-20T10:40:33Z
Abstract: As travel began to massify in the aftermath of the Great War when passenger ships still regularly stopped at ports of call, and as Australia developed a sub-imperial relationship to its near Melanesian neighbors in Papua and New Guinea, the Pacific and its islands loomed large in Australians’ consciousness and print culture. This article employs Christina Klein’s concept of “middlebrow orientalism” to examine how Australia’s quality magazines, MAN and The BP Magazine, reflected an “expansive material and symbolic investment in Asia and the Pacific” (2003: 11) between the two world wars. While development of a consumerist, leisure relationship with the region is in evidence in these magazines that undoubtedly assume the superiority of White Australia, we argue they also promote diversity, inclusiveness, and an emerging maturity in outlook that conveyed the way in which Australians began to understand themselves as Pacific citizens wishing to “make friends of the nations.”
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Journal: Journeys - The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing
Volume: 17
Issue: 2: A Journey to Australia
Start page: 23
End page: 48
Copyright (published version): 2016 Berghahn Books
Keywords: InterwarMagazinesMiddlebrowModernityOrientalismPacificPeriodicalsPrint culture
DOI: 10.3167/jys.2016.170203
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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