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The dawn of an imagined community: Australian sport on film

Miller, T. The dawn of an imagined community: Australian sport on film. Sporting Traditions: the journal of the Australian Society for Sports History, 7 (1). pp. 48-59.


This paper seeks to underscore the fragility and yet the value of a nation-based analysis of Australian sport on film. It argues that the construction of the nation has been a crucial element in many Australian films connected with sport, but that this construction has been unstable and always confused by other issues, particularly those of gender. It is comprised of four sections. Following a brief introductory passage on the nation as a concept, an attempt is made to trace the role of sport in early Australian film and its connexions with state, genre and gender. The paper concludes with an account of three readings of the film Dawn! that foregrounds the extra problematics of gender and interpretive practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Australian Society for Sports History
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