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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, 1992

Acountrygirl
My brother said Dad hackedtheir heads off with an axebecause he didn't wantto waste more bulletson the half-dead goatsThe child was shockedby all that slow chopbone-crunch and bleating meatbut country boys must be real menand real men aredefinitely not...
Another Shitty Day
I've had another shitty dayand rumbling down the gravel-crunch driveinto the garageI get the dread feelingthat resembles the getting-to-work-late syndrome.I think,"It's been another shitty day"as Graeme meets meplodding up the backstepswith my bag."Hi,"...
Auntvinnie
Before Aunt Vinnie came, Mum and Rebecca were friends.Mum took photos of out of the way things - boarded up broken down houses, slimy creek beds and spider-webs at night. She never let the chemist near any of them. She developed all the films herself...
Bed-Time Stories
Gimme one more chance & you'll be satisfiedGimme one last chance & I will make you singEven better than the real thingIn the beginning was the WordAnd the Word was made fleshIn the beginning was sexAnd sex was made SinI don't know anything about...
Cat War
We arequarrelling with our neighbours over a cat.We're in our sixties, she's twenty-sevenand the cat's still kitten.We watchthe nightly news. We needn't fightfor food. This isn't Ethiopia. We're not starvinglike children in Brazil. We're all well-fed,including...
Dissonances
SNEJA GUNEW AND KATERYNA O. LONGLEY, EDS., STRIKING CHORDS: MULTICULTURAL LITERARY INTERPRETATIONS (SYDNEY: ALLEN AND UNWIN, 1992).Recent criticism of the terms Migrant writing and multicultural writing, exemplified by articles published last year in...
Editorial
The word `reform' is much in the news these days. The Liberal Premier of Victoria claims that the removal of all existing state industrial awards - and therefore the removal of the hard-won conditions under which many Victorians work - constitutes `reform'....
My Favourite Mixmaster
A really good-looking burglar crept into my bedroom one afternoon as I was lying awake in my lingerie thinking private thoughts."Hello?" I whispered, hoping to alert him to my presence without alerting him into doing anything rash, if you know what I...
"Pragmatism" Be Damned: Richard Rorty's Death Wish for Feminism
In a recent article, the American philosopher, Richard Rorty, Professor of Humanities at the University of Virginia, recommends that feminists adopt his version of pragmatism as a guiding philosophy. Despite his disclaimers,(1) the ideas he sets forward...
Pussywillow
When I was a child I lived in a great mausoleum of a house with my paternal grandmother. A barren childhood was relieved by a library of the English classics (which I wasn't allowed to read, but did, clandestinely) and a beautiful, old-worlde garden.The...
Queen of the Jungle: A Tale of Childhood
It's good to be twelve years old and the ruler of the world.I rule a jungle inhabited by blue tongue lizards, small brown boys, and girls with womanhood in their grasp. Show us your dick, we call to Eric. Piss off shit features, he scowls back. Not fair....
Reading Life Writing: Australian Women's Letters and Diaries
A REVIEW OF LUCY FROST, A FACE IN THE GLASS: THE JOURNAL AND LIFE OF ANNIE BAXTER DAWBIN (HEINEMANN, 1992); PATRICIA CLARKE AND DALE SPENDER EDS, LIFE LINES; AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S LETTERS AND DIARIES, 1788 TO 1840 (ALLEN AND UNWIN, 1992); CAROLE FERRIER...
Smutting with Summer
Her lips move. Her skin shines worrying. There are shadows under the house. Someone is looking at the grass growing noisily, looking out from between the slats. Her lips move. The air is sordid with other people's secrets.Something wet is starting to...
"The Best Career Is Matrimony": First-Wave Journalism and the "Australian Girl"
The identity and supposedly inherent characteristics of the "Australian girl" had been the subject of much interest and speculation well before first-wave feminism impacted on Australian life. As soon as the local white girl, rather than the transplanted...
"The Books Are Not Really Looked at Enough by Either Side"; Rosie Scott Interviewed by Laurel Bergmann
You seem to have had a varied and interesting life with fairly wide experience of the sort of life you write about through an assortment of jobs. How has this contributed to your work?I've certainly been a very restless soul, starting back in my teenage...
Theyoungpoetess
She sells poems and I sell peanuts. That is not the only difference between us. Her cheeks the petals of peonies, her hair lacquer black, and her eyes, unlike mine, full of hope. Catching my reflection in a shop window this morning, wheeling my bicycle...
Wail on, Wailing Spirit
Kali Tiliwara sat on top of a rock overlooking the camp of her people. The trees and stunted bushes of the desert spread in this wilderness where, for generations, her people had lived and survived on what the whitemen called a wasteful land and life....
What Happened to Aspazija? in Search of Feminism in Latvia
Latvia, a small, intensely beautiful country, lies on the shores of the Baltic Sea, across from Sweden. It has been forcibly occupied by foreign powers through most of its history. Germany began its conquest of Latvia in the twelfth century, using brutal...
Women and the New German Cinema
A REVIEW OF JULIA KNIGHT, WOMEN AND THE NEW GERMAN CINEMA (LONDON: VERSO, 1992).Julia Knight's study was completed at approximately the time of the re-unification of Germany. At the end of her Introduction she notes how this made even more evident how...
Women of Substance: The Depiction of Women in Australian Monuments
Justice is not spoken of as a woman...because women were thought to be just...Liberty is not represented as a woman, from the colossus in New York to the ubiquitous Marianne, figure of the French Republic, because woman were or are free.(1)The female...
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