Americanization and Australia by Philip Bell, Roger Bell

By Philip Bell, Roger Bell

Americanization and Australia is a set of essays exploring the negotiation of impression and gear focused on Americanization in a foreign country. supplying a various reaction by means of experts in numerous fields, this ebook is an research of identification politics.

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Is it not to see if we can Americanise Australian industry? One wonders what Americanising the films can do, other than that which is being done by the Governments and private firms. As a matter of fact it is in the cosmopolitan field of literature that we are to benefit. 32 A selective list of their complaints about these media made in sermons, the press, reform meetings, submissions to government inquiries, and in deputations to ministers, will begin to show the damage they believed flowed from such products and representations.

For moving pictures, see R. Megaw, ‘The American Image: Influence on Australian Cinema Management 1896–23’, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 54, pt. 2, June 1968, pp. 194–204. 17 Assistance and protection were provided by the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce, and the Consular Service of the Department of State; also by specific legislation such as the Webb–Pomerene Act. 18 A. W. Ferrin, Resident US Trade Commissioner, Melbourne, to Chief, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce, 27 June 1919, 15 August 1919, 22 October 1919; Australia – General 1919–20; General Records Trade Promotion 1914–22; Records of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Record Group 151; National Archives 2, Washington, DC.

Taylor’s 1985 list includes rather more by way of colloquialisms (now pretty well assimilated), while Sussex’s later list included plenty of standard terms in various domains of life where Americanisms are to be found. Both Taylor and Sussex draw attention to the way in which American forms of address and discoursal tags have been adopted here. I note particularly the way in which the word buddy has been nativised in very quick time, in the ‘buddy systems’ established to help novices settle into schools here; and the way in which the label ‘buddy movie’ is readily attached to Australian products like Gallipoli.

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