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.
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.
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 original, large format editions of Australian Bush Creatures have now been through 6 reprints with over 12,000 copies in print. This standard format paperback edition in bookshelf friendly format of 300 x 230 mm was the result of many book trade requests.
Cultural Competence in America's Schools: Leadership, Engagement and Understanding focuses on explicating the impact of culture and issues of race and ethnicity on student learning, teacher and leadership efficacy, and educational policy making in our nation's public school system. The authors agree with Levin (2012), who pointed out that the challenge of dealing effectively with racial and ethnic diversity in education in traditionally homogeneous societies is a global problem. One indicator of this point is revealed in a U.S. study that was commissioned by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, which reported on the serious consequences for student achievement and teacher effectiveness in the face of "the gap between teacher training and the realities of the classroom when it comes to teaching diverse populations and students with special needs." (Public Agenda, 2008, p. 2).
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