Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media and Culture

Short Descriptions of titles and issues

Vol 1:1 (1987) Australian Film in the 1950s

A void and a time of cultural blackout - that is the usual way Australian film in the 1950s is represented. But it was also a period of art-cinema experiments, drive-ins and 'location films'. In this first issue of Continuum the period and its important films - Jedda, The Back of Beyond, Mike and Stefani, Three in One - and plays such as The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll are examined anew. Also there are articles on the early Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films and on point of view in the cinema.

Edited by Tom O'Regan


Vol 1:2 (1988) Film, TV & the Popular

"Film, TV and the Popular" indicates firstly a concern with film - whether film theory, film's difference from theatre, or Godard's Hail Mary; second, a concern with the 'popular', with TV and video clips and their audiences. Writers as diverse as John Fiske, Mary Ann Doane, Gay McAuley, John Docker, Dana Polan, Humphrey McQueen and Ross Harley contributed to this volume.

Edited by Kari Hanet & Philip Bell


Vol 2:1 (1988/9) Asian Cinema

Essays in this issue range from contemporary Chinese and Indian cinema and their cultural sources; to interviews with Chinese filmmakers; and a reappraisal of the Indian Cinematograph Committee of Inquiry. Included are two dossiers - on contemporary Chinese writings on the cinema; and on the Indian film industry pioneer D.G. Phalke. Also included are essays on Aboriginal representation and the recent changes in Australian media; and reviews of recently published Australian work.

Edited by Tom O'Regan & Brian Shoesmith


Vol 2:2 (1989) Performance, Theory, Australia

This issue focuses upon performance and the re-evaluation of some key theoretical issues. Essays range from a re-orientation of the semiotics of performance that takes Chinese opera as its focus to radio performance and the 1930s radio broadcasts of West Australian feminist Irene Greenwood. Theoretical concerns include a re-evaluation of John Berger, the construction of the film viewer and issues in feminist film theory. We continue our Australian focus with articles on Crocodile Dundee and on popular culture, gender and education. Finally, the issue contains a review article on postmodernism and reviews of recent Australian books.

Edited by Alec McHoul & Brian Shoesmith


Vol 3:1 (1990) Space, Meaning, Politics

This issue addresses the political and cultural meanings of spaces: public sites, institutions, domestic space, even natural domains invested with the changing valuations of science and popular aesthetics. The issue brings together contributions which look at the variety of ways in which spaces and sites were used and made meaningful by visitors, observers, participants and occupants. Sites and spaces are analysed - historically, phenomenologically, and discursively.

Edited by the Institute for Cultural Policy Studies


Vol 3:2 (1990) Communication & Tradition

Eric Michaels died in 1988. This issue is devoted entirely to an appraisal and extention of this visual anthropologist's important work in Central Australia in the 1980s. Michaels raised important questions about the handling of Aboriginal information and issues by broadcast journalists, ethnographic film makers, anthropologists, media studies analysts, communication policy makers, Aboriginal affairs departments, art galleries and critics, and land courts. Michaels developed his arguments for the centrality of Aboriginal cultural rights through his study of Aboriginal video and its distribution networks.

Edited by Tom O'Regan


Vol 4:1 (1990) The Media of Publishing

This issue was put together so as to enliven and help direct research into the audiences for print and its publishing, marketing and selling in Australia. Among the issues canvassed are: the political economy of the book-trade, the environments of publishing houses, academic book publishing, journalism history, popular generic fiction especially romance fiction, writing non-fiction, and the horror fiction of Stephen King. Our Australian audio-visual focus continues with articles on 'Pay TV' - its inquiries and its economics - and on TV broadcast regulation. Reviewed are recent cinema and cultural studies publications, conferences, and matters arising from past issues.

Edited by Albert Moran


Vol 4:2 (1991) Television and ...

Television studies, under the impact of cultural studies, is now much more dispersed than it was once. It is no longer a question of "Television" in itself but of "Television and". In this case television and its audiences, its neighbours, its prehistories, and its subjects. As issue editor John Hartley puts it: "Thrill to the grandeur of discursive history, the magisterial sweep across craggy mountains of textual and audience theory, and helicopter shots of the broad plains of international programming. See at a glance what shape TV-land is in and who lives there. Witness border incursions from neighbouring domains like video, cinema and advertising, until you reach the promised land of television and.." The issue includes articles by John Hartley, Ien Ang, Paul Attallah & Krishna Sen.

Edited by John Hartley


Vol 5:1 (1991) Media / Discourse

Includes papers by David Silverman, Lena Jayyusi, Carolyn Baker & Bill Routt on a variety of approaches to a variety of media: film, news, tv, photography, advertising, magazines, documentary, journalism etc. Broadly the issue tries to move outside standard forms of media studies and towards post-linguistic approaches: Foucauldian discourse theory, social semiotics, ethnomethodology and grammatology. All papers in this issue directly analyse particular media texts.

Edited by Alec McHoul


Film & Meaning

This book is concerned with the intersection of film and philosophy. Ian Douglas builds his own integrated theory of meaning by bringing his prodigious knowledge of cinema to bear upon philosophies of meaning and interpretation. He argues points of philosophy with Wittgenstein, Peirce, Wilden and mainstream philosophers of meaning in order to construct his integrative theory of meaning which takes into account film and literary theory. Ian Douglas died in 1983 after a long illness. Horst Ruthrof has worked from the author's manuscript to put this text into a publishable form.

By Ian Douglas (edited by Horst Ruthrof)


New: 14 May, 1996 | Now: 8 March, 2015