27 results for Allen, Brenda

  • Editorial to the publication Takahe,

    Allen, Brenda (2011)

    Unclassified
    The University of Auckland Library

    In this editorial for Takahe I outlined the function of the cultural studies section as opposed to the art, fiction and poetry sections, and argued that the distinctions usually drawn between high and low arts should not apply to cultural studies.

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  • Review of ‘The Dragon and the Taniwha: Māori and Chinese in New Zealand, edited and introduced by Manying Ip (foreword by Margaret Mutu)’. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2009. Paperback 373pp. $44.99. ISBN 978 1 86940 436 9. Takahē, 71.3. April 2011 (500 words)

    Allen, Brenda (2010)

    Unclassified
    The University of Auckland Library

    The reviewed volume, ‘The Dragon and the Taniwha: Māori and Chinese in New Zealand', edited and introduced by Manying Ip (foreword by Margaret Mutu), is a scholarly edition of essays. In this review I outline the main topics of the collection and point to the main reasons why, and for whom, these are interesting and/or useful.

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  • The Dragon and the Taniwha: Māori and Chinese in New Zealand, edited and introduced by Manying Ip (foreword by Margaret Mutu)

    Allen, Brenda (2011)

    Unclassified
    The University of Auckland Library

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  • Cinema of Unease

    Allen, Brenda (2012)

    Book item
    The University of Auckland Library

    Cinema of Unease By Brenda Allen The documentary Cinema of Unease: A PersonalJourney by Sam Neill (1995) was written and directed by Sam Neill and Judy ...

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  • Illustrious Energy (dir. Leon Narbey, 1988): The Sojourner, the Settler, the Nomad and the Exile

    Allen, Brenda (2006-11-16)

    Conference item
    The University of Auckland Library

    I argue that Illustrious Energy is more culturally embedded now than it was on its release in 1988. Then I examine the position of Kim (sojourner), Wong (settler) and Chan (nomad) and reflect on that of the film, itself an exile in America.

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  • Illustrious Energy

    Allen, Brenda (2012)

    Book item
    The University of Auckland Library

    Illustrious Energy By Brenda Allen Illustrious Energy (Leon Narbey, 1987) was filmed on location in the rugged, unforgiving Otago high country of southern ...

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  • Identity and Cultural Salience in Illustrious Energy

    Allen, Brenda (2008)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    Illustrious Energy (Leon Narby, 1997) tells the story of two Chinese sojourners in the Otago goldfields in the 1890s, well after the gold is gone. It is a remarkable film for its cinematography but also because of the level of research that underpins the script. Furthermore, in 1987 no other country had acknowledged its Chinese sojourners in this way and most New Zealanders did not know about the sojourners. The film also contains footage of land in Otago now under water, and its relationship to New Zealand culture has been solidified with the status of the set, an actual miner's hut, since designated an historical place. This article brings these strands together to give a reading of three identity positions available to the Chinese characters: that of settler, sojourner and nomad, and argues that the film is worthy of a re-release, that it should be returned to New Zealand and made available to the New Zealand public.

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  • The Court Jester's Last Laugh: from modern to medieval through The Castle

    Allen, Brenda (2008)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    This essay explores the ways in which certain kinds of humour, in particular kitsch, hyperbole and reversal are used to reference older British cultural forms such as the castle and folk tale. The article goes on to argue that these references have the effect of legitimating an identity position that has long been the butt of Australian humour and ignored by serious artists, that of the white, suburbanite.

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  • Family, Friendship and Work in Ratatouille

    Allen, Brenda (2009)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    he article discusses and reviews the film 'Ratatouille', an animation film with expressive characters. The representations of a variety of family structures and the necessity for adolescents to learn to negotiate a workplace where one is not loved or esteemed is highlighted.

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  • The Man Alone, the Black Sheep and the Bad Apple: Squeaky Wheels of New Zealand Cinema

    Allen, Brenda (2011)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    In New Zealand literature and film the literary trope of the Man Alone, a recurring feature throughout much of the twentieth century, rests on modernist, colonialist assumptions that tensions between white settler (Pakeha) men’s attachment to their ancestral roots and feelings of belonging in New Zealand trouble their psyche. Typically these men are dysfunctional, unhappy, violent, and self-absorbed. In its original form the trope is passé and ripe for parody. In this article I briefly outline the traditional trope, then provide readings of two recent New Zealand films, Black Sheep (Jonathan King, 2006) and Eagle vs Shark (Taika Waititi, 2007), to identify the ways in which contemporary issues of identity and biculturalism permeate contemporary treatment of the trope.

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  • Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes by Martin Edmond, Auckland University Press, 2009. NZ RRP $34.99. Reviewed by Brenda Allen.

    Allen, Brenda (2009)

    Unclassified
    The University of Auckland Library

    In this review I outline the main argument and structure of Martin Edmund's book, Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes for readers of Takahe.

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  • Larkin's Hetero-textual Relationships

    Allen, Brenda (1996)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

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  • Brenda Allen Talks with Christchurch Artist Jane Schollum

    Schollum, J; Allen, Brenda (2011)

    Unclassified
    The University of Auckland Library

    Takahē's featured artist this issue is Jane Schollum and we are concentrating on her works from two periods of productivity: the mid 1990s and the first few years of the twenty-first century. Works from these periods are significantly and visibly influenced by rural Canterbury's browns and yellows, and the popular culture of that time. Overlaid are tensions arising from Jane's experiences as a gay woman living in one of our more conservative cities.

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  • The social and cultural functions of jazz in 'Good Night and Good Luck', 2005.

    Allen, Brenda (2010)

    Conference item
    The University of Auckland Library

    In Edward Murrow’s 1958 speech to The Radio and Television News Directors Association he takes journalists to task saying that they need to keep a more watchful eye on media networks and companies. George Clooney’s film, Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), opens with a jazz soundtrack then the start of Murrow’s speech before segueing into a flashback of the events leading up to Murrow’s presentation of the famous television exposé of McCarthy, the broadcast itself, McCarthy’s rebuttal and the immediate aftermath. The film closes with a return to the speech thus implying that the flashback was the content of the speech and securing Murrow’s ownership of the narrative. The narrative is punctuated with jazz performances by Diane Reeves who provides a black, female presence and voice in an historical event where, as in the film, most of the participants were white men, and the film closes with credits over a jazz soundtrack. This bookending implies a link between the use of jazz and the American film industry. Does Clooney’s film carry an admonition to American filmmakers that we might compare with Murrow’s speech to journalists? This paper argues that jazz is used to provide a structuring device that separates the film from Hollywood style, gives a subversive political counterpoint to McCarthyism and resonates with contemporary audiences conscious of the vulnerability of their citizen rights in post 9/11 America. The paper then goes on to tease out some of the links between the film as cultural and industrial artefact and aspects and American identity and citizenship.

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  • Illustrious Energy (dir. Leon Narbey, 1988: The Sojourner, the Settler, the Nomad and the Exile

    Allen, Brenda (2007)

    Conference item
    The University of Auckland Library

    available at electonic address, above.

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  • On With The Muse

    Allen, Brenda (2000)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    Part 2 of invited reviews of seven new releases by Sudden Valley Press

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  • A collaborative approach to integrating academic and information literacy into a Media Film and Television undergraduate curriculum

    Allen, Brenda; Zdravkovic, Neda; Cowan, Hamish; Etheridge, Sarah (2015-11)

    Conference item
    The University of Auckland Library

    The research: This case study describes how an informal multi-professional collaboration emerged and, due to shared expertise and openness, effectively achieved academic and information literacy (AIL) integration into the academic curricula to produce successful outcomes for teaching and learning. Firstly, we present insights on how we broadened specialized individual work to include innovation and responsibility for departmental and curriculum needs. Secondly, we explain how, within a hierarchical setting, synergies in shared expertise among team members helped to develop methodologies applied to deepen our understanding of what Media Film and Television (MFT) undergraduate students' learning needs are. Lastly, we will address insights into our own working practices, assessment design, theoretical frameworks applied and responses to contingencies.

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  • Integrating International Students into the Classroom

    Allen, Brenda (2007-07-05)

    Conference item
    The University of Auckland Library

    In this invited oral presentation I outline how staff at the department in which I teach work to assist international students to overcome study shock and settle into study at the University of Auckland. The presentation included statistics gathered in the past three years.

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  • Reconciling the Abject in Two Australian films: Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt 2005) and Kenny (Clayton Jacobson, 2006)

    Allen, Brenda (2012-04)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    In my readings of two Australian films Kenny (dir. Clayton Jacobson, 2006) and Look Both Ways (dir. Sarah Watt, 2005) I seek to understand why Australian post-settler identities continue to be problematic, fragmented, insecure; and more importantly, why many hesitate to move away from ideologies and practices that perpetuate colonialist-style outcomes. At the same time, I show that the focus of concern in my case studies and in their contexts of production is on issues of Australian-ness rather than dealing with the older cultural cringe arising from Australia’s marginal position in relation to Britain and America. I conclude that the maturity and confidence of the contexts of production and treatment of form and content in my case studies not only shows the struggle but also suggests a growing acceptance of the past and foreshadows possible steps forward.

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  • Anticipating Koenraad Kuiper's Timepieces

    Allen, Brenda (1997)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    Takahe, Christchurch: Takahe Collective Trust. Vol 32, December 1997, p61 (inside back cover) (invited review)

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