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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, 1993

A Conversation with Mudrooroo
A Conversation with MudroorooIn June 1993, Janine Little spoke with Mudrooroo about post-structuralism, the politics of gender, race and class, and the implications of these questions for contemporary Black writers in Australia. Mudrooroo elaborates...
An Anecdote a Day Keeps Analysis Away: Gendered Relations of Power and an 'Academic Spoof'
An Anecdote a Day Keeps Analysis Away: Gendered Relations of Power and an `Academic Spoof'"And you think you're so clever and classless and free"John LennonTerry Eagleton has argued that the burgeoning genre of the `campus' or `academic' novel usually...
Biddy Takes Pink Gin to the Country Dance
Biddy Takes Pink Gin to the Country DanceThe world's gone to seed, you know.It's covered with white silk flossand the setting sunrafts like a fire ship,like a red flaming catastropheinto the banksof the foamingsilk, slick and sleek of itand there's blood...
Breakupbeach
Break-up BeachCordoned off by an eight lane highway, a bluestone Wall, and then surrounded again by heavy industrial buildings, is the beach that I had planned for our stop. On the map it looked like the perfect romantic site -- a long sprawling beach...
Discursive Dangers
Discursive DangersIn a scathing criticism(1) of the effects of white colonisation on the lands and lives of black South Africans, Sindiwe Magona parallels the fencing of the land and its effects with the effects of the commercial skin lighteners that...
Editorial
EditorialThe kinds of Marxist and feminist ways of thinking about the world that Hecate has published for nearly twenty years now have, over that period, engaged with each other and with other types of theory and politics in various productive (and unproductive)...
Inhere
In HereIn here the only thing moving is my hand.My boyfriend sits still in a chair watching me. I am stretched out across the bottom corner of the bed with a pillow over my face. The chair creaks as his body moves forward, he says please Gerry please....
The Australian Girl Catches the First Feminist Wave
The Australian Girl Catches the First Feminist WaveIn a recent article, "`The Best Career is Matrimony': First Wave Journalism and the `Australian Girl,'" Sharyn Pearce explores different journalistic representations of "the Australian Girl" in the twenty...
The Feminist History Group Goes to the Berks
The Feminist History Group Goes to the BerksIntroductionAs a context out of which I write, I want to invoke both the `linguistic turn' among historians and the `new historicism' among literary critics. Carroll Smith-Rosenberg encapsulates one North American...
The Girl Who Drowned Her Dolls Is Offered Silkworms
The Girl Who Drowned Her Dolls is Offered SilkwormsThe silkworm has stopped eating,her velvet cream body grown turgidand pythonesque.Yesterday she rose up and beganwith her first four pairs of legs to describelarge and confident circles in the air,extruding...
The Jewelled Castle and the Moat of Flowers
The Jewelled Castle and the Moat of FlowersOnce upon a time there was a girl called Christobel who felt sick. She felt the sickness rising up from her belly to her throat, continually pushing upwards, growing bigger, making her retch and gag. But nothing...
Vapours
VapoursIt arrived nearly six months after her mother died, a small brown cardboard box which rattled when she shook it, and smelt musty and motheaten, like her mother. She cringed at the guilt which sprung to the surface as she unwrapped it. There would...
"Watch the White Women Fade": Aboriginal and White Women in the Northern Territory 1870-1940
"Watch the White Women Fade": Aboriginal and White Women in the Northern Territory 1870-1940(*)IntroductionSome years ago I read in Miriam Dixson's The Real Matilda, in the chapter "Models for Female Identity Formation in a Frontier Land":Sexual jealousy...
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