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Reading 'Walkabout' in the 1930s


Rolls, M, Reading 'Walkabout' in the 1930s, Australian Studies, 2 EJ ISSN 2042-5120 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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The Australian magazine 'Walkabout', loosely modelled on National Geographic, was published between 1934 and 1974, with a concluding single edition being issued in January 1978. Unlike National Geographic, the very middlebrow Walkabout has attracted little critical scrutiny. The few responses to Walkabout have predominantly criticised its role in fomenting a specific version of the settlement myth, in particular that of promoting white progress and modernisation of the outback against a projected Aboriginal absence. Leaving aside its representation of Aborigines (this matter is dealt with in a forthcoming essay) this paper argues that at least in the first decade of Walkabout’s long run, its warmth for and promotion of Australia, particularly the interior and remote regions, is distinctive when contrasted with the nationalist fervour of other contemporary movements, and that ideologically-bound criticism overlooks the more nuanced forms of settler belonging the magazine facilitated.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Postcolonial studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Rolls, M (Dr Mitchell Rolls)
ID Code:65535
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Riawunna
Deposited On:2010-11-22
Last Modified:2011-11-04
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