Literary democracy and the politics of reputation

Nile, Richard (1998) Literary democracy and the politics of reputation. In: Bennett, Bruce, Strauss, Jennifer, and Wallace-Crabbe, Chris, (eds.) The Oxford Literary History of Australia. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 130-146.

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[Extract] A delineation between 'high' and 'low' culture is commonly noted in industrial societies but it is perhaps the distinction drawn between 'serious' and 'commercial' culture which is more readily apparent in first world settler societies like Australia. In a perceptive comment made in 1964, Australian historian Ian Turner noted: 'As in all industrial societies, expanded leisure created a demand for entertainment rather than self culture, and the satisfaction of this demand soon became commercial enterprise'. This development linked two important trends: a segregated workforce and the mass market. Under conditions of industrialisation, an Australian working class became the basis of the mass market and its primary consumers.

Item ID: 54285
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-553737-6
Keywords: industrial society, working class, commercial culture, industrial democracy, Australian literature
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 01:49
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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