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Ambivalent Mobilities in the Pacific

“Savagery” and “Civilization” in the Australian Interwar Imaginary

Nicholas Halter

interwar period with a particular focus on the middlebrow imagination. I argue that travel literature often appealed to the middlebrow in content and style, and the Pacific Islands were a middle-brow setting. In doing so, I explore Australian

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Becoming “Pacific-Minded”

Australian Middlebrow Writers in the 1940s and the Mobility of Texts

Anna Johnston

which to raise serious questions about society, politics, and history in an accessible form, aimed at a general, educated reader. Travel writing is a quintessentially middlebrow form, as Steve Clark argues 18 —that is, it falls between high literature

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Print Culture, Mobility, and The Pacific, 1920–1950

Victoria Kuttainen and Susann Liebich

framework of the middlebrow is well suited for investigations of the confluence of travel, mobility, and print culture between 1920 and 1950. The middlebrow, a cultural category that signaled familiarity with high cultural forms for mass audiences and

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Worldly Tastes

Mobility and the Geographical Imaginaries of Interwar Australian Magazines

Victoria Kuttainen and Susann Liebich

approach with the work of Canadianists Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith in Magazines, Travel, and Middle-brow Culture , but also a thematic interest in the linkage between magazines, mobility, and aspirational culture. 9 Rather than travel per se, however

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Frances Steel

middlebrow, rendered a world of volitional mobility for the aspirational globe-trotter, tourist, or traveler. This had a particular gendered power. While recent collaborative scholarship has charted the appearance of the “modern girl” or “modern woman” across

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The Spectacular Traveling Woman

Australian and Canadian Visions of Women, Modernity, and Mobility between the Wars

Sarah Galletly

, Modernity, and the Middle Ground of Canadian and Australian Middlebrow Print Cultures,” Victoria Kuttainen calls for increased critical attention to the “parallel developments in mid-range magazines and middlebrow print cultures in Canada and Australia in