"Vernacular Visions: A folklife history of Australia: art, diversity, storytelling"

Author(s): Noris Ioannou

Aust History

What is the character of Australian folk creativity, where
does it spring from, what are its artistic outcomes, and what
does it say about the diverse make-up of the nation and its
history and culture? Cultural historian Dr Noris Ioannou
explores these queries in this, the first comprehensive and
richly illustrated cultural history text on Australian folk
creativity, its art and its stories.
Vernacular Visions highlights the communal and
spontaneous creativity and meaning of folk art, embracing it
as a tool for the imagining and re-telling of everyday life.
Based on extensive research combining ethnology, material
culture studies, folkloristics and art history, Dr Ioannou ranges widely across media, time, place and country, exploring the
origins and character of Australia’s vernacular creativity and its
springboard of diverse visual traditions.
From the ancient and contemporary creative practices of
Australia’s indigenous people, to those which emerged from the
colonial and our ongoing migrant experiences – embracing bush
mythology, love of sport, larrikin character, ‘fair go’ national
values, and ‘making do’ resourcefulness – the author highlights
the perennial and animating themes that determine the diverse
and multicultural character of Australian folk creativity, its diverse
artistic outcomes and its extraordinary stories: from the vast
outback to the crowded urban and suburban fringes.


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General Fields

  • : 9781743057384
  • : Wakefield Press US
  • : Wakefield Press
  • : February 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Noris Ioannou