Between the lines
In this edition of Lumen we introduce a new section called Between the Lines which features a selection of newly-released printed and electronic books about the University of Adelaide and/or featuring authors who are former students or academics.
The Spirit of Knowledge
The University of Adelaide's rich history is documented in a new book, The Spirit of Knowledge, by Rob Linn. The book describes the influence of architects and planners, academics, administrators and students on life at the University. It includes more than 170 beautiful images, many from the University's own archives, which haven't been shown before. The book is published by the University of Adelaide Press. Enquiries to +61 8 8303 4371.
Medicine Beyond Kokoda
Retired general practitioner and medical graduate Dr Clive Auricht OAM has written an anecdotal account of his experiences as a young doctor in Papua New Guinea (PNG). He first visited there as a fourth-year medical student, awakening a fascination with the people and the country. Dr Auricht worked in PNG for various periods from 1956 until 1963. The book provides an insight into not only the indigenous people but also the role of Australian expatriates sent to PNG to help lead it towards self-government. To obtain a copy of the book phone Dr Auricht on +61 8 8323 8316 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ballets Russes in Australia and Beyond
In 2005, the University of Adelaide, National Library of Australia and the Australian Ballet received a $400,000 Federal Government grant to research the impact of the Ballet Russes tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1930s. These tours marked a watershed in the cultural life of the two nations, which is explored in this beautifully illustrated 358-page book. Local artists rejoiced in the opportunity to learn about European high art firsthand, while audiences and the public at large were jolted from the conservatism that shrouded the post-Depression Antipodes. The book draws together essays by leading international and national scholars, who explore the rich legacy of the Ballets Russes; its impact on dance, music, visual art and Antipodean society in general. It is edited by Associate Professor Mark Carroll from the Elder Conservatorium of Music and published by Wakefield Press.
Heritage Politics in Adelaide
History graduate and adjunct lecturer Sharon Mosler examines heritage issues and conflicts in Adelaide from the enactment of the first South Australian Heritage Act in 1978 to its successor in 1993, and also analyses issues leading from that period into the 21st century. The book is available as both a paperback and electronically. Published by the University of Adelaide Press. Enquiries to +61 8 8303 4371.
End of the Night Girl
This debut novel from University of Adelaide Creative Writing graduate and staff member Amy Matthews explores shadows cast by the Holocaust across decades, continents and cultures. Its central character is Molly, a sassy Australian waitress working in an Adelaide restaurant, who is obsessed by the Holocaust and haunted by the ghost of a murdered Polish Jew. End of the Night Girl has been described as "a compelling page-turner" and "a brilliant testimonial to the power of the literary imagination". Published by Wakefield Press.
Bule Juga Manusia (Adventures of a Crazy Tourist in Indonesia)
Since 2006, Bachelor of Arts graduate Richard Miles has been blogging about his experiences in Indonesia from an expatriate's perspective. His blog www.bulengehe.blogdetik.com - is based on frequent visits to the less touristy areas of Indonesia, detailing absurd and funny encounters that illustrate the clash of local and foreign cultures. Richard is a fluent Indonesian speaker, having taken up the language in primary school, and has now collated four years of blogging into this book which is on the best sellers' list in Indonesia. Published by Penerbit Bukune (Bukune Publishing) in Jakarta. Richard is due to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Adelaide in 2011.