[lg policy] book notice: Colonial Voices: Damousi

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 17 14:36:51 UTC 2010

Colonial Voices: Damousi

Title: Colonial Voices
Subtitle: A Cultural History of English in Australia, 1840–1940
Series Title: Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories (No. 15)
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521516310

Author: Joy Damousi


Colonial Voices explores the role of language in the greater
'civilising' project
of the British Empire through the dissemination and reception of, and
challenge to, British English in Australia during the period from the 1840s to
the 1940s. This was a period in which the art of oratory, eloquence and
elocution was of great importance in the empire and Joy Damousi offers an
innovative study of the relationship between language and empire. She shows
the ways in which this relationship moved from dependency to independence
and how, during that transition, definitions of the meaning and place of
oratory, eloquence and elocution shifted. Her findings reveal the central role
of voice and pronunciation in informing and defining both individual and
collective identity, as well as wider cultural views of class, race, nation and
gender. The result is a pioneering contribution to cultural history and the
history of English within the British Empire.

- Innovative cultural history of English in the British Empire by one of
Australia's leading historians
- Considers how speech is part of our individual
and collective identity, enhancing our understanding of the role of language in
our culture
- Will appeal to scholars and students of cultural history, Australian and
colonial history and the history of the English language


Prologue: from England to empire;
Part I. Colonial Experience:
1. Civilising speech;
2. Eloquence and voice culture;
3. Elocution theory and practice;
Part II. Language Education:
4. Etiquette and everyday life;
5. Education;
6. Teachers and pupils;
Part III. Social Reform and Oratory:
7. Social reform and eloquence;
8. Speech in war, 1914-1918;
Part IV. Australian English:
9. The colonies speak: speech and accent in the empire, 1920s and 1930s;
10. Broadcasting the radio voice;
11. The advent of the 'talkies' and imagined communities;

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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