The Making of the Australian Middlebrow: Nationalism Modernity and Middlebrow Culture in Australia (2004–2006)

This project aims to investigate the history of middlebrow cultural values and institutions in 20th-century Australia. It will be the first such study and will build on recent major international work on the middlebrow. Reading Australian cultural history through the concept of the middlebrow will revise familar assumptions about literature nationalism and modernity in Australia. The study will examine the rich archive of Australian magazines newspaper review pages writer and reader associations and publishing records. It will engage theoretically with contemporary theories of popular culture and modernity. The outcome will be a monograph on middlebrow culture in Australia.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council