Worldly tastes: mobility and the geographical imaginaries of interwar Australian magazines

Kuttainen, Victoria, and Liebich, Susann (2017) Worldly tastes: mobility and the geographical imaginaries of interwar Australian magazines. Transfers, 7 (1). pp. 52-69.

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Abstract

In the interwar period, increasingly mobile Australians began to contemplate travel across the Pacific, both towards Asia as well as to America. Contemporary writing reflected this highly mobile culture and Pacific gaze, yet literary histories have overlooked this aspect of cultural history. Instead of looking to Australian novels as indexes of culture, as literary studies often do, this article explores the range of writing and print culture in magazines, concentrating on notions of mobility through the Pacific. Its focus is on the quality magazines MAN and The Home, which addressed two distinct, gendered readerships, but operated within similar cultural segments. This article suggests that the distinct geographical imaginaries of these magazines, which linked travel and geographical mobility with aspiration and social mobility, played a role in consolidating and nourishing the class standing of their readers, and revealed some of their attitudes toward gender and race.

Item ID: 46291
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2045-4821
Keywords: Australia, interwar print culture, sea travel, Pacific, celebrity, magazines
Funders: Margaret and Colin Roderick
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 00:58
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 50%
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