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The Humourless State

Publié le 1 avril, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Humourless State

This article examines the political administration of humour in Australian civil society from both an historical and contemporary perspective, as well as a range of cases involving cross-dressing prostitutes, police impersonators, political satirists and rebellious bare-bottomed colonial prisoners. Why are these moments of cheerful vulgarity met with dour repression on the part of police? How […]

Some Girls Refuse to Lose their Heads f(or) their Hands

Publié le 1 décembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Some Girls Refuse to Lose their Heads f(or) their Hands

Some Girls: Griffiths/Simms/Wagschal/Werner, curated by James D. Campbell, is billed as an exhibit which “contributes to a vital dialogue concerning the state of portraiture in contemporary art.1” The tradition of portrait painting has focused on head and shoulders representations of noteworthy individuals. Some Girls is also an exhibit whichcontributes to ongoing feminist discussions: that of […]

Agit-Vogue: Ideology Makes the Woman

Publié le 1 octobre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Agit-Vogue: Ideology Makes the Woman

This September’s issue of U.S. Vogue, touted as the “Biggest Issue Ever”, contains only 13% editorial content. Nevertheless, an aesthetic continuity ties the magazine’s advertising to its editorial features, betraying implicit ideological concerns in the content. Drawing on images of leisured femininity, popular in the 1920s and 50s, the latest Vogue reflects a deepening anxiety […]