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Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, 2001

Almost Black
What in the hell do you think this is Joyce?' my father yelled, pushing the dried up food around on his plate with a fork. 'Is this what you call dinner? How do you expect a man to go out to work on food like this?' Mother, her lips compressed, sat silent....
'A Writer with a Last Story to Write.': From an Unfinished Novel by Eleanor Dark
`A Writer With a Last Story To Write...' From an Unfinished Novel by Eleanor DarkIntroductionAmong Eleanor Dark's manuscripts there are unfinished novels, fragments of stories and essays, plays never performed. This novel, untitled, bundled into a homemade...
Balancing the Scales
Balancing the scalesNo one yet -- not even the C[ommunist] P[arty] which claims the most advanced attitude towards the problem of the relationship between the sexes -- has yet put the man-woman relationship upon what I should regard as a stable and satisfactory...
Editorial
EditorialThis issue is devoted to two special Focus sections: one on the radicalism and relevance still of Eleanor Dark's novels written in the early to mid- twentieth century, one on the perspectives and practices of 1990s and current third wave feminism....
'Every Woman a Mother': Radical Intellectuals, Sex Reform and the 'Woman Question' in Australia, 1890-1918
`Every Woman a Mother': Radical Intellectuals, Sex Reform and the `Woman Question' in Australia, 1890-1918...every man is a boy and every woman is a mother.Dowell O'Reilly, 25 April 1915(1)Something that smacks of revolt, of promised freedom, of the...
Focus on Eleanor Dark
Introduction Eleanor Dark (1901-85) was born a hundred years ago on 24 August, and this special focus commemorates that anniversary. It comprises two pieces of Dark's unpublished writing including a section from one of her last novels; a commentary upon...
Focus on Eleanor Dark: Introduction
Focus on Eleanor Dark: IntroductionEleanor Dark (1901-85) was born a hundred years ago on 24 August, and this special focus commemorates that anniversary. It comprises two pieces of Dark's unpublished writing including a section from one of her last...
Focus on Younger Women: Introduction-New Directions in Feminist Youth Research
Focus on Younger Women: Introduction; New Directions in Feminist Youth ResearchFeminist youth research marks itself out as an area within both youth studies and feminism, creating a space for critical inquiry into the lives of young people that also...
'I'm Sorry-I'm Not Really Sorry': Courtney Love and Notions of Authenticity
`I'm Sorry -- I'm Not Really Sorry': Courtney Love and Notions of AuthenticityThis article tells a story. In a way, it is one of the classic American dreams. It is the tale of someone -- lacking in cultural capital -- who makes it. It confirms the myth...
'I'm Wasting Away on Unrequited Love': Gendering Same Sex Attracted Young Women's Love Sex and Desire
`I'm Wasting Away On Unrequited Love': Gendering Same Sex Attracted Young Women's Love Sex and DesireIt has long been recognised that young people are sexually active at an increasingly younger age and that a major organising principle of sex and related...
In the Lion Cage
In the Lion CageAndrew Moore closes his eyes, grips the balustrade and lifts his face to the sky. He draws several slow, deep breaths. Minutes pass. Daytime ebbs. He waits. His body tenses. He loosens his tie. It comes, the prelude: faint skin chill,...
Left to Right
Left to RightStandard FareMy grandmother is dying. Or so she says. According to her doctor, there's nothing clinically wrong with her. According to my mother, my grandmother can feel it in her bones. She gives herself a month. Batty old hag.She's trying...
Living Life in the Double Closet: Bisexual Youth Speak Out
Living Life in the Double Closet: Bisexual Youth Speak OutWe develop our bisexual identities within a context in which the homosexual/ heterosexual dichotomy is institutionalised and enforced socially, politically and linguistically.(1)Traditionally,...
Revisiting Bedroom Culture: New Spaces for Young Women's Politics
Revisiting Bedroom Culture: New Spaces for Young Women's PoliticsIntroductionIn this article I argue for an investigation of recent representations of young women's civic engagement and political activism as being on the wane. I interrogate contemporary...
Revisting Bedroom Culture: New Spaces for Young Women's Politics
Introduction In this article I argue for an investigation of recent representations of young women's civic engagement and political activism as being on the wane. I interrogate contemporary theoretical developments that seek to explain their politics...
Surveillance and Slander: Eleanor Dark in the 1940s and 1950s
Surveillance and Slander: Eleanor Dark in the 1940s and 1950sIn 1974 Drusilla Modjeska, then a newcomer to Australia, went to Katoomba to meet the award-winning author Eleanor Dark. Despite Dark's reputation as a recluse, Modjeska found her interested...
The Language of Femininity
The Language of FemininityThe language of femininity, when pushed to excess, when shouted and asserted, when disruptive and demanding, makes available to the woman an illusory experience of power, previously forbidden to her by virtue of her gender.(Susan...
The Penny Dropped
The Penny DroppedThe ad I put in the paper says: `Broad-minded, clean, mature, responsible non-smoker to share two-bedroom flat with one other.' I'm thinking `broad-minded' means `gay.' I want to live with a gay guy.I ring my good friend James and tell...
The Rational Natural: Conflicts of the Modern Eleanor Dark
The Rational Natural: Conflicts of the Modern Eleanor DarkIndeed, it has been said that as the nineteenth century is associated with the rationalization of production, so the twentieth will be known as the period of the rationalization of reproduction...
The Rational Natural: Conflicts of the Modern in Eleanor Dark
Indeed, it has been said that as the nineteenth century is associated with the rationalization of production, so the twentieth will be known as the period of the rationalization of reproduction (Havelock Ellis, 1937).1 The social management of nature-science-with...
The Saddest Man in the World
The Saddest Man in the WorldShe'd met him buying Angel cakes up at the Newtown Bakery. She'd just paid for a dozen of her favourite strawberry, lemon and chocolate flavours for afternoon tea and then had dropped the whole packet of them tripping over...
Too Flash
Too Flash`Whaddya want, Gill, vegemite or jam?' asked Zoe from the kitchen bench.Turned out it wasn't Gill in hospital at all last night, but rather Sharon. She'd had a dizzy spell at work, fainted, and now they had her in for tests. The others had all...
Waterway: The Multilayered City: History, Economics and Dream
Waterway: The Multilayered City; History, Economics And DreamEleanor Dark wrote the beginning of Waterway in 1936 with her head full of the city on the water. She had just taken her son Michael to Manly for a few days. (Pam Brown asks, `and is there...
White Picket Fences
White Picket FencesClass and race and gender issues have really been on my plate of late. I'd like to think that it's been a natural progression for me, like part of my growth as a human being, but it would probably be more honest to say that getting...
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