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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, May 31

A Life of Its Own: A Deconstructive Reading of Astley's A Kindness Cup
Thea Astley's novels appear to disconcert even enthusiastic readers, and it is possible that they are beyond the reach of the more usual modes of criticism. Indeed, if Mark MacLeod is correct in saying that Astley speaks about her novels A Descant for...
Beer Guts and High Round Bellies
"Pity to see a little girl preggers", she thought she heard a man say as they passed the beer garden. The words seemed to follow her up the street, standing out from the ho-ho blah-blah pub sound.Perhaps she imagined it. He hadn't heard it. His head...
Bikers' Wedding
Still talked about in PaddingtonThe total marriage sceneWhen Piglet married CreatureAnd mayhem reigned supreme'Twas Animal who married them'Twas he who called the BannsSummoned to the Court of BloodThose favoured with the brandThere was Mumbles and The...
Editorial
The rather late appearance of this issue is largely due to recent events in Queensland where there has been an upsurge of politicisation and organising in response to a series of attacks by the Queensland State government on a range of democratic rights....
Feminism and the Class Struggle
A REVIEW OF JANE SLAUGHTER AND ROBERT KERN, EDS., EUROPEAN WOMEN ON THE LEFT: SOCIALISM, FEMINISM AND THE PROBLEMS FACED BY POLITICAL WOMEN, 1880 TO THE PRESENT (GREENWOOD PRESS, 1981); ELIZABETH SARAH, REASSESSMENTS OF `FIRST WAVE' FEMINISM (PERGAMON,...
Getting Things Done
She was cleaning the toilet on a slow Wednesday in December when she decided to give up housework. Sneezing with peppery Harpic, she imagined she had come to her decision as instantly and perfectly as someone who had decided to give up heroin, or get...
Is Racism 'Sexism Extended?' Feminist Criticism, 'Moral Panics' and the Grass Is Singing
Moral panics" of the "Black Peril" ("Not a White Woman Safe!") variety are a staple of much more than the stock South African conversations that Doris Lessing irritatedly noted in Going Home:There is no psychological quirk or justification or rationalisation...
Japan
PROLOGUErainy morninggulls crowding the parkin the Café de la Paixthey ask mehow is the play getting on?slowly I say slowlywhat are you doing now?writing another poem...The Cross wakes upPink Floyd on the radioyou have stolen the moneyout of the children's...
Never the Same
OneAnd one. Always. This is how it starts. Then somewhere the hand comes into it. As she feels carefully for the shape of her own body, considering its substance, And the eyes. Some hand has made what the eyes see, rest upon, remember.This is a story...
Now You Have Touched the Women
A REVIEW OF BEATA LIPMAN, WE MAKE FREEDOM: WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA (PANDORA PRESS, LONDON: 1984)It is evident from the number of publications over the last ten years that the role of women in the South African liberation struggle is being increasingly...
Out West
Sandra decorated the flan with whipped cream. She'd made it in an extra large tin, so there would be plenty for Christabel and Bruce. It was a complicated recipe: a crisp pastry base, a layer of creme patisserie, and a variety of fresh fruits poached...
Reproducing the Sexual Division of Labour
The current situation of women in the United States displays a remarkable contradiction. Even though more than half of all adult women in the US work outside the home for some sort of compensation,(1) their social, cultural and political situation is...
Sugar Heaven and the Reception of Working Class Texts
Jean Devanny's novel Sugar Heaven (written 1935-6, and published in 1936) opens up a range of interesting problems regarding the contexts of production and reception of working class texts. In 1942, Devanny commented that she considered she had produced...
The Family and Feminism
A REVIEW OF LYNNE SEGAL, ED., WHAT IS TO BE DONE ABOUT THE FAMILY? CRISIS IN THE EIGHTIES (PENGUIN, 1973); MICHELE BARRETT AND MARY MCINTOSH, THE ANTI -- SOCIAL FAMILY (VERSO, 1982); BETSY WEARING, THE IDEOLOGY OF MOTHERHOOD: A STUDY OF SYDNEY SUBURBAN...
Women and the Literary Pages: Some Recent Examples
In feminist literary theory of late there has been a great deal of discussion about questions of women and language; of language, style and form; of how women, as writers, might write and of how women, as readers, might read. Such discussion, often deriving...
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