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Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, 1999

Autobiographical Writing as Healing Process
Alice Masak French in conversation with Christine Watson Alice Masak French is an Inuk woman from the Western Arctic region of Canada, an area in which ninety-five percent of the population is Aboriginal. The Canadian constitution officially recognises...
Autobiographical Writing as Healing Process: Alice Masak French in Conversation with Christine Watson
Autobiographical Writing as Healing Process: Alice Masak French in conversation with Christine WatsonAlice Masak French is an Inuk woman from the Western Arctic region of Canada, an area in which ninety-five percent of the population is Aboriginal. The...
Clean, White Girls: Assimilation and Women's Work
Clean, White Girls: Assimilation and Women's WorkNothing is inherently dirty; dirt expresses a relation to social value and social disorder. Dirt is that which transgresses social boundary.(1)The cult of domesticity became indispensable to the consolidation...
Defeating Gravity
I suppose we would be called hippies or `artistic types,' but I think of us as Angels who fell to Earth. It was 1971 and we were beyond cool, innocent in our joyful acceptance of otherness. And the most other-worldly of our little group, living in a...
Dravidian Curls (Fragments from an Unfinished Narrative)
Dravidian Curls (fragments from an unfinished narrative)In the menacing shadow play, forces complementing each other dance in each other's momentum.Rajani Thiranagama, The Broken Palmyra...the pantheon where the "spirits" in so many heterogeneous places...
Forget-Me-Not
Forget-me-notmostly I remember the trip home that wet Friday nightin the blue mountains train I remember a middle-aged ladya bit overweight who sat in the corner of the carriage opposite meI want to go home! I want to go home! she chanted all the wayout...
Hard Yards
The story so far: We are at the Brisbane home of Mum King and her children, Darryl, Leena and Jimmy King. Leena's on-again off-again boyfriend Roo has come back to confront his demons within the King family after discovering the truth about his natural...
Iconological Observations
Iconological ObservationsIf my life were a painting, I know which One it would be: Manet's Le dejeuner sur l'herbe. Of course, it wouldn't look exactly like Manet's, it being a modernist painting, and me, me being a postmodernist girl; but in the manner...
In the Forest
In the ForestYou're in the forest.Little Red Riding Hood hangs her cloak on a tree and becomes nameless. She covers her legs, head and arms with mud. She leaves the path. She takes the picnic basket and walks in the opposite direction to her grandmother's....
Journal of a Biography: Writing Eleanor Dark
Journal of a Biography: Writing Eleanor DarkA is for ASIO files, and how the woman who didn't want to be seen was watched, how while the novelist was taking notes someone else was taking notes about her. She never writes about this. How did it affect...
Lemons
LemonsLight -- bluer in the southern summer. A retreat found from the fading room of one grandmother in the many gardens of the other. A gift I give them sometimes: bringing them together.The two unrelated women -- except by polio, and both passed that...
Love Quest
Love Quest1. Custard ManWhere's your mother? Isn't she coming to pick you up? A big coat stood outside the school gates. He had already eaten two of my girlfriends down by the sewerage pipe, licking their knees in the reeds and chewing up their hem lines....
Myself at Fifty: An Inventory
Myself at Fifty: An Inventorylet us start with the head -- yes of course the headever full of fanciesand the hair on the head -- white -- scraggly -- thinningwhite early -- never any temptation to dye itso no worry now about when and how to stopa subject...
New Angels for Storms of Progress? Two Historical Novels of Australian Feminism
New Angels for Storms of Progress? Two Historical Novels of Australian FeminismThe historical legacy and achievements of the second wave Australian women's movement have, as in other western countries, recently been subject to critical and pessimistic...
Seed
SeedBefore, the rhythmic burring of cicada song would have made her still and sleepy. Chrissa put down the Lego house she was building and looked out through the heart-shaped leaves that grew from the vine, twined up posts and across the verandah shade....
Shaking a Few Tales: The Dialectics of Hybridity and Beth Yahp's the Crocodile Fury
Shaking a Few Tales: The Dialectics of Hybridity and Beth Yahp's The Crocodile FuryThe croc doesn't burn up the past, he sifts through it like treasure.(1)[H]ybridity marks the emancipation of the diaspora from "China" as the transparent master-signified...
The Critical Reception of Bobbin Up
The Critical Reception of Bobbin UpWell before the upsurge of feminism Dorothy Hewett homed in on embattled female lives. The book abounds with portraits of working women...These varied existences form the collective hero(ine) of a novel whose social...
The House
The HouseThe house at number 1 Nott Street was located at the far end of a small dead-end street in West End. It was in an industrial area and during the day workmen watched the clients arrive in taxis. A small chain-wire gate barred the entrance at...
True Happiness
True HappinessAt night in the hostel, where I am sharing a room with three others, the Japanese girl falls asleep in her clothes after eating a banana and a small can of tuna. The woman in the lower bunk is naked under the sheet, the sheet tucked between...
Walking Wombs
Walking WombsPart 1To plug a gaping void in the market place,diligent social workers manipulated family circumstances,doggedly matching babies of single fertile womento married, highly deserving, sterile couples,God's police, smug guardians of society's...
Women and the Republic: Dancing to a Different Tune?
Women and the Republic: Dancing to a Different Tune?The move to see Australia become a republic is taken by and large by the feminist community as a fait accompli. It will happen, we tell each other. We agree, it is politically progressive. It is time...
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