A cultural affair to remember: nostalgia, whiteness and migration in Love's Brother

Carniel, Jessica (2009) A cultural affair to remember: nostalgia, whiteness and migration in Love's Brother. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3 (1). pp. 93-105. ISSN 1750-3175


Caught in what one reviewer described as an 'Italo-Australian Brigadoon' (Hall), Love's Brother is largely removed from the socio-political context in which it is set and also that in which it was made. By placing Love's Brother back into this context, this chapter analyses the film's problematic representation of Australia's migrant past and its relationship to current issues regarding migration, memory, race and ethnicity. It focuses upon the political implications of nostalgia in imagining migrant narratives of the past, arguing that this reveals more about current attitudes to migrants and migration. Specifically, it examines how the film 'white-washes' elements of Italian Australian history in order to reflect the ethnic group's current standing in broader Australian society, as well as the possibilities and problems this may hold for newer migrant and refugee communities in contemporary Australia.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 06:09
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 22:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration; ethnicity; race; memory; multiculturalism; Italian Australian; second generation
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1386/sac.3.1.93/1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24495

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