On The Cultural Cringe

A.A. Phillips
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History

Published

22 March 2016

ISBN

9780522863888

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684KB

Subjects

History

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

On The Cultural Cringe

A.A. Phillips
The MUP Masterworks series celebrates distinguished Australian writers and ideas. Other writers in the series include Manning Clark, Donald Horne, Janet McCalman, Ray Parkin and Brenda Niall.

The Australian writer, critic and teacher A.A. Phillips coined the term 'the cultural cringe' in 1950 to describe an Australian tendency to identify our literature and art as inferior to work produced overseas, particularly in Britain and the United States. The term has resonated in debates about Australian culture, society and identity ever since.

Although Phillips' famous essay on the cringe was first published more than fifty years ago, it remains a powerful reference point in discussions of the national culture. It is reprinted here with two of his other essays on Australian culture, and with additional biographical and critical material, including an essay by Ivor Indyk.

The Australian writer, critic and teacher A.A. Phillips coined the term 'the cultural cringe' in 1950 to describe an Australian tendency to identify our literature and art as inferior to work produced overseas, particularly in Britain and the United States. The term has resonated in debates about Australian culture, society and identity ever since.

Although Phillips' famous essay on the cringe was first published more than fifty years ago, it remains a powerful reference point in discussions of the national culture. It is reprinted here with two of his other essays on Australian culture, and with additional biographical and critical material, including an essay by Ivor Indyk.

A.A. Phillips

A.A. (Arthur Angell) Phillips was born in Melbourne in 1900 and died in 1985. He was educated at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford, and was a schoolmaster at Wesley College, Melbourne. He published several books of criticism, including The Australian Tradition, and had a long association with Meanjin, in which his article about the cultural cringe first appeared.

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