Eschewing Jouissance. "Gender Trouble Down Under: Australian Masculinities" by David Coad and "From Camp to Queer: Remaking the Australian Homosexual" by Robert Reynolds. [review]

dc.contributor.author Willett, Graham
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-13T02:35:33Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-13T02:35:33Z
dc.date.issued 2002-11
dc.description.abstract Although called "From Camp to Queer", this book is really about the early years of the gay liberation movement in Australia - from 1970 to 1974. In that sense, "From Camp to Gay" would have been more accurate; the Epilogue on the rise of queer in the 1990s is pretty much an afterword. The early 1970s was an extraordinary period when gay people set out to challenge the criminalisation, vilification and self-loathing that they had inherited - to remake themselves and the world. It is a story that has been told several times now, even in relation to Australia. David Coad's "Gender Trouble Down Under" is also concerned with Australia's very queer history, but his is a broader canvas. He offers a survey of Australian masculinities since 1788, generally chronological, but, given its cultural studies approach, this neat narrative is constantly being disrupted. So the chapter that begins with the convicts lurches into anti-gay violence in the late twentieth century and youth suicide. Ned Kelly and his cross-dressing sidekick Steve Hart jostle up against Chopper Read. Bushwomen and their masculinity find themselves juggled with Dame Nellie Melba and Dykes on Bikes. It is all rather unsettling. It is, of course, meant to be. en
dc.description.sponsorship Australia Council, La Trobe University, National Library of Australia, Holding Redlich, Arts Victoria en
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dc.identifier.citation Willett, Graham 2002. Eschewing Jouissance. Review of "Gender Trouble Down Under: Australian Masculinities" by David Coad and "From Camp to Queer: Remaking the Australian Homosexual" by Robert Reynolds. 'Australian Book Review', No 246, November, 23-24. en
dc.identifier.issn 0155-2864
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/1464
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Australian Book Review en
dc.relation.ispartofseries No 246 en
dc.subject Australian en
dc.subject Book Reviews en
dc.subject Publishing en
dc.subject.other Australian Standard Research Classification > 420200 Literature Studies > 420202 Australian and New Zealand en
dc.title Eschewing Jouissance. "Gender Trouble Down Under: Australian Masculinities" by David Coad and "From Camp to Queer: Remaking the Australian Homosexual" by Robert Reynolds. [review] en
dc.type Article en
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