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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1, May 31

A Book of Laughter, Pain and Remembering
Review of Ninotchka Rosca, State of War (New York: Norton, 1988).Against the pessimism which results from the harsh realities of his experience, Milan Kundera contrasts a parallel world in which he has never lost faith, that which he calls "the depreciated...
Aborigines and White Popular Culture in the 1930s in Queensland
This article is based upon interviews in 1984 with four women identified as Interviewees A-D. Interviewees A and C were interviewed together on April 10 in Brisbane. Interviewee B was interviewed in Brisbane on April 22. Interviewee D was interviewed...
An Interview with Karin Struck in Australia
The West German writer Karin Struck was born in Schlagtow/Mecklenburg in 1947. Six years later and for political reasons her father, a farmer, chose to take his family away from the German Democratic Republic and to settle in the Federal Republic of...
Conference Report: Feminist Biography
Despite a recent plethora of feminist biographies and group biographies,(1) and an increasing number of such studies in progress,(2) there has been little discussion on the general question of the contribution of biography to feminist scholarship and,...
Donor
She lies on a steel table. We are waiting to take out all the stainless steel pins, plates and screws which hold her together. Her face should look grotesque, strangely it doesn't and the delicate scaffolding of grey metal protruding from her temples,...
Editorial
From the point of view of many working for women's liberation, women's writing and publishing in Australia is currently in a contradictory and sometimes compromised condition. To a large extent this is because a certain version of feminism is being presented...
Eugenics, Feminism, and Birth Control: The Case of Marion Piddington
IntroductionThe 1920s saw an upsurge of interest in the relationship between sexuality, marriage, and human reproduction. In the aftermath of the First World War, there was increased public discussion of sexuality, especially female sexuality. This is...
Framed
It was all his fault. Why did he want me to do it, when I'm only seventeen and he's an old man of forty, maybe more even. He's an artist, so what! I've seen him doing really ordinary things. Like putting out the garbage, buying milk at the store, toothpaste...
Introduction to Marele Day: Reading Women's Crime Fiction, Some Problems
The emergence over the past few years of a flourishing feminist crime fiction raises questions for writers and readers. In the article on her novel, The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender, Marele Day outlines the challenges of the depiction of a professional...
Nite-and-Day Lounge
He had to go by his mother's house to pick up the key. She showed no pleasure at seeing him. She was, as usual, surly and close-mouthed. It was his first day out of prison and he wasn't about to let her ruin it. He smiled right into her face, even though...
North American Women and the Second World War: Transformation or Consolidation?
A review of D'Ann Campbell, Women at War with America. Private Lives in a Patriotic Era (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1984); Jean Bethke Elshtain, Women and War (New York, Basic Books, 1987); Sherma Berger Gluck Bloc (ed), Rosie the Riveter Revisited:...
On Writing a Feminist Detective Novel
I woke up feeling like death. Ironically appropriate given what the day held in store...Close by the bed was a bottle of Jack Daniels: empty. And an ashtray: full. Clothes were strewn all over the place and through the french doors roared the sights...
Pandora's Box of Books
A Review of Dale Spender, Writing a New World: Two Centuries of Australian Women Writers (London and New York: Pandora, 1988); Pam Gilbert, Coming Out from Under: Contemporary Australian Women Writers (London and New York: Pandora, 1988); Debra Adelaide,...
Response to Julie Marcus
Julie Marcus, in her review of a recent book Australian Women: New Feminist Perspectives,(1) reminds the reader of Bronwen Levy's plea for political awareness in writing academic and theoretical work(2) and, in this spirit, incorporates into her article...
Speculating Women
A Review of Sarah Lefanu, In the Chinks of the World Machine: Feminism and Science Fiction, (London: The Women's Press, 1988); Joanna Russ, The Hidden Side of the Moon: Stories, (London: The Women's Press, 1989); Denise Du Pont ed. Women of Vision, (New...
"Talking about Cruel Things": Girls' Life in the Kahlin Compound, by Daisy Ruddick as Told to Kathy Mills and Tony Austin
IntroductionDaisy Ruddick's story of life in Darwin's Kahlin Compound in the early 1920s deals mainly with her experiences there from when she was about six years old until she started work at the age of thirteen.The Compound was established soon after...
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