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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, 1994

A Brand New Sydney Opera House (after Harrison)
We will build it together my earthly presence and those lost souls of the Carl incident of 1872, for which you were tried for mass murder. It will be in the same town, not only of that first great house, but also of the trial. Well, Clayton's trial that...
A Necessary Murder
It was a tiny soldier's settlement house in a ratty street. It backed onto a brown, choked creek. It had been advertised as one-bedroom but it had a sunroom which was an enclosed porch, the windows of which were dressed in vertical, beige slats which...
Braecity
It was an atmosphere, a mood.Each Sunday our mother would take us for a drive in the family car. It was usually around 5 pm, when the boredom of a weekend in a small country town became intolerable.We drove to the edge of town. There were two main roads...
Bring a Plate: The Feminist Cultural Studies Conference
The title of this conference (held at the University of Melbourne on 10-12 December 1993), read as a pleasant change from some of the more self-consciously erudite ones around. I asked whether I should arrive bearing sandwiches, only to learn the title...
Editorial
Editorial"The books are not nearly looked at enough by either side," commented Rosie Scott in a 1992 interview discussing the lack of interaction across the Tasman Sea.(1)Elizabeth Webby and Lydia Wevers suggest in the Introduction to their anthology,...
Embodying the "New" Sporting Woman
The body is dangerous. The deliberately muscular woman disturbs dominant notions of sex, gender, and sexuality, and any discursive field that includes her risks opening up a site of contest and conflict, anxiety and ambiguity. . . The most pervasive...
Eve Plays Her Wilde Card and Makes the Straight Flush
In her two published novels, the Prior Prize-winning The Pea Pickers (1942), and its sequel White Topee (1954), Eve Langley engaged in subversive gender games and resignifications, including cross-dressing and picaresque adventures that could still be...
'Feloniously, Wickedly and against the Order of Nature': A Research Agenda for Gay Studies in Queensland
Writing gay and lesbian history is a political act that undermines the dominant ideas about sexuality of the wider community, and alerts us to differences in gender and sexual attitudes in the recent past. Gay and lesbian history is the most dynamic...
Fourth Women in Asia Conference Report
This well-attended conference was held in Melbourne on October 1-3 1993. Jointly sponsored by Melbourne and Monash Universities, the Fourth Women in Asia Conference can be regarded as a great success for the organising group, the Women's Caucus of the...
Frommontage
The open album stares back at me. Defiant.A photograph of my father.The photographer captured, framed, off centre.Black and white.The middle aged father belly no longer fat, protrudes over the top of pants, a spilling over. Hair greying on the edges,...
Interviewwithyu
you said you come from china i did but why you write in english well it's just a matter of preference i guess what did you write poetry fiction nonfiction or other things i wrote some poems did you publish any not at all why not well i don't know i just...
On Women Joining Unions: Anna Booth, Activism and Altruism
A widely accepted view both inside and outside the union movement in Australia is that some women refuse to join unions, some join but are inactive, and there is Anna Booth. For years, Anna Booth has contradicted every cliche on women unionists: she...
Rapunzel / the Shelf
RAPUNZELSupposing Rapunzel, enticed into a magic circle, had turned her anxieties to stone. Placing them one upon another, round and round, she built a tower and found herself encased in fears with only one small window, very high, through which to view...
Spiderspeople
It starts on a Thursday, at a dinner party Merry wishes she'd got out of. She is standing up to go, anywhere, nowhere, the bathroom even, when the pain begins. Like a metal claw, slowly unclenching in her belly. To the left. Sickening. She leans over...
Talking with Ruby Langford Ginibi
Ruby Langford Ginibi will soon publish her third book, My Bundjalung People, the story of her journey back to her country in Northern New South Wales. Ginibi researched a large proportion of the material for the book while writing Don't Take Your Love...
Thecolonialyoke
My grandmother left me a collar ghostly with age. She discarded her keepsakes before going into the Old People's Home where the senile have greeted her and made her one of their own. She had a clear mind, my grandmother, brittle with images of her travels...
Thedream
I dreamt of my mother last night.In my dream she was standing beside a dirt track and holdingyoung girl by the hand. She seemed to be searching for someone or something. Her dress was a washed out yellow with splashes of faded red. Not at all like the...
Theroom
It seemed to be a room at the very edge of the earth. It wasn't necessary, to look out the window to realise there was a drop on the other side: you felt it; you expected it.He opened the door, while she stood unmoving--the ugliness descending upon her...
Three Little Pieces: The Actress / the Singer / the Grandmother
The ActressShe is old now, and tired and worn out, she says. She lies with her eyes shut. They say every time she opens her eyes she is a new character. She is re-living all the old movies. They call her by one stage name or another. Since radio and...
Wavesofsleep
Each morning I slip into my skin under a long shower shedding waves of sleep. I reach through the cleared spaces of rooms and tables, grab at the air, it is all mine. Later their smiles will hook me from the corner of my eye, try to trip me up. Their...
Why Sex Makes Me Laugh
What I'd like to know is this: if sex is supposed to be the ultimate expression of love between two people, a solemn and sacred act, why are most of the words we've invented for it so comical? Take for instance, nookie-nookie, humpy-pumpy, jiggy-jig,...
Women Writers of Malaysia and Singapore-Part Two: Fiction in English
Writing in English is a very controversial act in Malaysia and Singapore. In her article "Voices from the Hinterland" (World Literature Written in English 28.1) Shirley Geok Lin Lim tells us that many people in these countries view English "as a non-native...
Written on the Body: Jean Devanny, Sexuality and Censorship
Jean Devanny's uncertain status as a woman and a writer in the Communist Party of Australia from the 1930s through to the 1950s is figure dramatically in her account of her expulsion in her autobiography, Point of Departure. As Devanny tells it, the...
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