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Lucky or Lagging? Anne Summers's On Luck [A Review]

Cantrell, Kate (2009) Lucky or Lagging? Anne Summers's On Luck [A Review]. M/C Reviews.

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    Described as 'The Lucky Country' over forty-years ago, Australia continues to play on and onward with a fervent belief in luck, her people often described, usually by themselvess, as 'graced' or as living in 'God's Own'. With our comfortable lifestyle and isolated location, white sands and soft mangoes, it is easy to see why we embraced the term so eagerly. Where else could you win the lottery twice? While these national stereotypes are an essential part of the romance that drives and defines us, the idea that luck is the central motif of Australian culture has become a cliche, and a dangerous, almost disastrous one at that. In On Luck, Anne Summers observes, "You hear it everywhere: in all sorts of conversations, in Qantas ads, from the mouths of travellers returning from overseas trips full of complaints about the climate, the crowds, the uncivility of other places".

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    ID Code: 40297
    Item Type: Review
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    Keywords: luck, australian identities, national stereotypes
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literary Studies not elsewhere classified (200599)
    Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Kate Cantrell
    Deposited On: 25 Feb 2011 07:28
    Last Modified: 25 Feb 2011 07:46

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