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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 1, May 31

An Interview with Elizabeth Clark
This interview with Dr Elizabeth Clark, Director of the Temba Theatre Company was conducted by Dr Kay Saunders who teaches and publishes in race relations, in London on 5 February 1987.KS: Considering your extensive training at Yale, why did you decide...
Black Women and Women's Liberation
Black women have yet to see even their menfolk attain positions of power and influence in the mainstream culture. It is understandable then, that in terms of priorities, black women seek to raise the life chances of the whole group. They view disadvantages...
Blanche D'Alpuget's Robert J. Hawke and Winter in Jerusalem
Blanche D'Alpuget's Winter in Jerusalem (1986), Monkeys in the Dark (1980) and Turtle Beach (1981), set in Israel, Indonesia and Malaysia, continue a preoccupation in Australian literature with exploring the Pacific, Aboriginal Australia, New Guinea,...
Dialogue for Breakfast
you pour me a coffee and i say that i've got more protein in mine than you've got in yours and you say last night you thought it was my toenails in bed but it was just another cockroach. i say it's raining, raining outside and i'd just like to go back...
Domestic Violence
People don't talk about itGovernor Campbell is pensioned on $74,000 p.a. tax free. Judge Campbell is pensioned on $60,000 p.a. That's like $170,000 p.a. (plus expenses paid). Judges set their own wages.There's nothing bizarre or unreal about itIt happens...
"Do We Want a Piece of the Cake, or Do We Want to Bake a Whole New One?" Feminist Theatre in Britain
A few years ago, reading a review of a production I had directed in London, I saw myself described as "girl director". I was twenty-eight! Had the director of the show been a twenty-eight year old male, I doubt very much whether he would have been referred...
Editorial
On 6 November 1986, Alison Thorne won her case against the Victorian Education Department under that state's Equal Opportunity Act. She commented: "The bottom line in my case...is the freedom to speak, to organise, to associate and to hold dissenting...
In My Father's House
My father sits in his wheelchair with a red woollen rug around his legs. He wears reading glasses and holds a book in his hands. He is a big man, my father, with a grey beard and thick grey hair which he neglects, as he has neglected everything to do...
Jean Devanny: A Bibliography
Jean Devanny (1894-1962) is of major significance for a range of reasons. In Australia she is an important figure in the history of the left, the history of women's liberation, and the history of women's writing; her work in race relations and what we...
Kay Brown Remembers Jean Devanny
Perhaps I'd better start early on, just telling it as if I were writing. I heard of Jean Devanny before I ever met her, and that was because of a very bookish background I had in Melbourne in the old days, the period about 1926-7. I had this passionate...
Lumeah Street
Morning.Familiar greyness, birds too loudfor joybaby crying there is no clock I have no need to knowthe timereturn to bed warm rumpled sheets she sucksas long as I can stand the teetha little longerT.V. on how I hate them cheerful talk show minutesticking...
"No Message, No Sex, Just Good Fun": Dealing with Gender Representation in Popular Films
The perpetuation and reinforcement of gender roles and stereotypes generally, and of negative myths about women's sexuality in particular, are still very much part of our western consumer culture. This persistence of negative myths and stereotypes may...
Points of Departure
A REVIEW OF POINT OF DEPARTURE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JEAN DEV ANNY EDITED BY CAROLE FERRIER, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND PRESS, ST LUCIA, 1986.In her introduction to Point of Departure, Carole Ferrier suggests three factors which give the autobiography...
Reading Blinky Bill Playing Beatie Bow or Dancing in the Anzac Deli: A Choose Your Own Textual Theory Adventure
IYou might remember me from once upon a time when I told you the story of how I was putting out the garbage one morning and I ran into one of mum's old boyfriends. Anyway, it doesn't matter if you don't because things worked out OK. What I didn't mention...
Red Lactose Monday
Waiting at the tennis courts for Rosalind Wicks to come past with her spanking new, beginning-of-the-year Globite port, everyone giggled and jostled. Rosy the Poser! New black shoes! We flung away from the mesh we'd been hanging on. We circled round...
Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves.And Us
Nurses are often seen as the archetypal `hand-maidens' of men. But if there was any one event that threw off this image once and for all, it was the Victorian nurses' strike of 1986. Not only was the nurses' dispute important for nurses, it is a valuable...
Six Cut Symphony
I am drawn to the tiny opening. A narrow, dark passage beyond which some gigantic firecracker light explodes. I am pulled by the pocks and thwacks, the grunts that lead the low-throated chorus, into the tiny, crowded corridor. I wonder if I must undergo...
Up from under, or on Not Marrying the Racist Aussie Boss: Strategies for Reading Romantic Fiction
Two expressions of female desire; yet a world of difference, of class not gender, lies between them. The issue is complicated further by Dolittle and her desires being constructed by two men, the songwriter Lerner and the composer Loewe, a construction...
Waiting for the Garbos
He was a writer, so I suppose that might account for it.It all started the first night he stayed at my place. We were lovers then. New lovers. After a night of nervous passion I woke early to the familiar rumble. I groaned inside, sighed outwardly, rolled...
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