This fascinating book takes a very different look at Australia's
most popular sporting hero, Sir Donald Bradman. Unlike the mostly
reverent literature on 'The Don', this 2003 book explains how his
iconic status was created and sustained, and what his popularity
and heroism say about the meaning of Australian nationhood. Brett
Hutchins' unique analysis reveals the mythical character of so many
representations of The Don, and connects them to broader social
phenomena and the cultural contexts in which they were created.
Hutchins considers the many ways in which Bradman has been
represented - as a symbol of Australian masculinity, as the
quintessential Australian boy from the bush, as the 'battler', and
as the hero at a distance from the political. Hutchins is able to
show that many of the truisms we take for granted about Bradman and
his role in Australian culture are open to challenge.
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