Making friends of the nations: Australian interwar magazines and middlebrow Orientalism in the Pacific

Kuttainen, Victoria, and Galletly, Sarah (2016) Making friends of the nations: Australian interwar magazines and middlebrow Orientalism in the Pacific. Journeys, 17 (2). pp. 23-48.

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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 Australian 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."

Item ID: 46292
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1752-2358
Keywords: interwar, magazines, middlebrow, modernity, orientalism, Pacific, print culture
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Funders: Margaret and Colin Roderick
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 00:51
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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