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Becoming “Pacific-Minded”

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

Anna Johnston

Teasing out the contingency of these representations requires a thick cultural history, tracing the contexts of writing, the varying modes of publication, and the diverse and mediated circumstances of readership and consumption. These middlebrow writers

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

Victoria Kuttainen and Susann Liebich

, the confinement of the ship restricts as well as enables female social mobility. The special section closes with Anna Johnston’s “Becoming ‘Pacific-Minded’: Australian Middlebrow Writers in the 1940s and the Mobility of Texts,” which also looks

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Ambivalent Mobilities in the Pacific

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

Nicholas Halter

islands in the Pacific, or the fact that their own accounts contributed to this trend. This emphasis on distinguishing oneself from tourism may also be a sign of the middlebrow writer. Many of those critical of tourists were artists or professional