Australasian Journal of Popular Culture - Issue 1.2 Food Special

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Editors: Toni Johnson-Woods and Vicki Karaminas
Guest Editors: Toni Risson and Donna Lee Brien
Reviews Editor: Anne Cecil and Lorna Barrow      
2012, 3 issues per volume | Current issue: 2.1
ISSN: 20455852, Online ISSN: 20455860
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The Australasian Journal of Popular Cultureis a peer-reviewed journal with an international focus. It is the official publication of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (Popcaanz) and is published three times a year. The journal is devoted to the scholarly understanding of the artefacts and social practices that are produced and are circulated in everyday life. It offers a broad range of scholarly material about many popular culture topics: academic articles; books, exhibitions, video games, new media, website reviews; 'notes' and 'essays' (original research that is shorter than the scholarly articles). The journal's aim is to publish innovative scholarly research about popular culture for an international readership. We invite contributions from academics, professionals, cultural practitioners, and those with a scholarly interest in popular culture. All relevant material is considered and a CFP is available online.
Food, glorious food...
In their Editors' letter, Toni Risson and Donna Lee Brien highlight the emergence of food in popular culture. The contemporary interest in all things food related is shown through numerous films, television shows and the rise of the celebrity chef. In this issue, Susie Khamis examines the Bushells tea brand in relation to Australia's changing political culture while Jill Adams explores Australia's coffee culture.  Carmel Cedro discusses the history and evolution of the Dolly Varden cake and its relation to contemporary ideas of the feminine, as well as cake decorating as a new art form. The wedding cake is deconstructed by Adele Wessell, who reflects on what it reveals about Australian identity, particularly in relation to the monarchy. Toni Risson examines The Australian Woman's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book and the visual pleasure and excitement that these cakes create through the use of common confectionery as cake decoration. Lorna Piatti-Farnell considers the function of food and consumption in Katherine Mansfield's fiction. Lindsey Neill and Claudia Bell take a nostalgic look at pie carts along with three celebrity narratives. Rachel Franks and Donna Lee Brien outline the wide range of material that can be used when taking a popular culture approach to food studies. The article concludes with reports from André Taber and Michael Symons and finally includes a selection of reviews.

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