- Subject index
This brilliant, coruscating book, written by one of the most formidable and original thinkers in Cultural Studies, examines questions of nationality, identity, the use of anecdote to build solidarity and the role of institutions in shaping culture. Ranging across many fields, including film and media, gender, nationality, globalization and popular culture, it provides a mind-clearing exercise in recognizing what culture is, and how it works, today. Illustrated with a fund of relevant and insightful examples, it addresses the central questions in cultural studies today: identity, post-identity, the uses of narrative and textual analysis, the industrial organization of solidarity and the opportunities and dilemmas of globalization.
Chapter 4: Beyond Assimilation: Aboriginality, Media History and Public Memory
Beyond Assimilation: Aboriginality, Media History and Public Memory
It is a bad idea to give an academic talk straight after a screening of Tracey Moffatt's Night Cries (1989). The effect is ‘grating’, as the director has said of her use of the song ‘Royal Telephone’, which shatters the mood at the end of the film, its cheesy message ‘unwelcome and inappropriate’ after the mother's death.1Night Cries moves most people very deeply. I have watched it in several countries, with people engaged by the racial dimension of Moffatt's ‘rural tragedy’ and with others indifferent to it, and in both cases a distress verging on speechlessness is a response that women particularly, though not only, express.
Not often do we see ...