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Towards a politics and art of the land : gothic cinema of the Australian new wave and its reception by American film critics

West, Patrick 2014, Towards a politics and art of the land : gothic cinema of the Australian new wave and its reception by American film critics, M/C journal, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 1-5.

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Title Towards a politics and art of the land : gothic cinema of the Australian new wave and its reception by American film critics
Author(s) West, PatrickORCID iD for West, Patrick orcid.org/0000-0003-4957-4294
Journal name M/C journal
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 1441-2616
Keyword(s) Politics
Art
Gothic
Summary This article will drill down to the level of the reception of two examples of Australian gothic film-making by two well-known American critics. Rayner’s comparison of Australian gothic with American film noir is useful; however, it begs the question of how American critics such as Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris influentially shaped the reception of Australian gothic in America and in other locations (such as Australia itself) where their reviews found an audience either at the time or afterwards. The significance of the present article rests on the fact that, as William McClain observes, following in Rick Altman’s footsteps, “critics form one of the key material institutions that support generic formations” (54). This article nurtures the suggestion that knowing how Australian gothic cinema was shaped, in its infancy, in the increasingly important American market (a market of both commerce and ideas) might usefully inform revisionist studies of Australian cinema as a national mode.
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
1902 Film, Television And Digital Media
2001 Communication And Media Studies
2002 Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Patrick Leslie West
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080036

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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