Melbourne writer, critic and teacher A.A. Phillips coined the memorable term 'the cultural cringe' to describe an Australian tendency to identify our literature and art as inferior to work produced overseas, particularly in Britain and the United States. Although his famous essay on the cringe was first published more than fifty years ago, it remains a powerful reference point in discussions of the national culture. It is reprinted here with two of Phillips' other essays on Australian culture, and with additional biographical and critical material, including an essay by Ivor Indyk.
This book maps contemporary film criticism as a cultural institution. At the beginning of the 21st century film criticism was talked about as an institution in crisis. The decline of print journalism, a series of lay-offs of prominent American critics, and the rise of "amateur" reviewing online, spurred a conversation about the decline, even death, of film criticism. The book first examines this recent crisis discourse and then compares it against historical precedents stretching back to the early 20th century. It finds that "crisis" has always been a leitmotif of film criticism's conception. The book then provides what the crisis conversation does not: an account of film criticism's institutional formations. This book maps film criticism by elucidating its various practices, tasks, comportments, and personae, primarily using US, UK, and Australian case studies, but also comparing these to continental European and broader international experiences. While not denying the changes and challenges that contemporary film criticism faces, this book situates these within an historical context and institutional framework that allows us to move beyond the crisis discourse.
Following on from earlier titles in this series, this volume presents further material generated by the World Bank/ISNAR/Australian government biotechnology study. It covers the present status and future prospects for the application of biotechnology to solve agricultural and environmental problems in 12 countries: Kenya, Zimbabwe, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
The world's third-largest island nation has a wide range of wildlife - there are over 450 species of mammals, 300 species of lizards, 110,000 species of insects, not to mention 800 species of bird. Eco-tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers will find Australian Wildlife to be the essential pocket-sized, folding guide to use as they travel.
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:13-14 NIV) These are the words of Jesus to the Woman at the Well in Sychar. What if you could have what Jesus offered her? What if your next drink of water was the last one you would ever need? Yes, it can be. Of course, Jesus was not talking about literal water; He was talking about spiritual water for thirsty souls. A thirsty soul can be just as powerful as a thirsty body. The desire for inner satisfaction, success, and significance can be insatiable. Jesus was describing, on some level, the difference between religion and a true relationship with God. God frees you from the well by giving you a well within. The picture and contrast is amazing. The well must be traveled to while the spring travels with you. The well is deep and requires great effort to draw from while in a spring water comes to you. The spring within changes everything. Creating A Transformative Church Culture is about creating a spring within you, a water-producing environment that changes you from the inside out, and teaching others to do the same. It is not about something given to you regularly to meet your needs; it is about something produced in you that meets your needs and, once experienced, compels you to help others discover the Living Water. A transformative culture is an environment where transformation happens naturally for the glory of God, for the improvement of the person, and for the benefit of others. It is a matrix through which people pass, making them more like Jesus, who came to serve, not to be served. A transformative culture is a place where the creative hand of God is once again experienced in US for the purpose of bestowing His good work on OTHERS.
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