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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, 2008

A Cross-Cultural Approach to Jane Austen's Novels
How should we teach Jane Austen's novels? This is a question of great concern to many teachers. For example, the series 'Approaches to Teaching World Literature' includes Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma, and takes up this question. It shows many...
Anomie
(1)He'd slink the drive way like a cathis soft shoes making no soundrap with his middle knuckleon her bedroom window at twomaybe three in the morning until she let him inwith a Shush don 't wake the boysthen would be gone in an hourlike a phantom not...
Doll
1.see this doll do you like thisdoll would youlike to playwith this doll did you play withhim whenhe played with you wereyou thedoll did he touch you here orin thisplace or downhere if he was the dolldid youtouch him herewas itanimusor just a thingdid...
Even Paradise Has Serpents
I wonder if Maguy knows I am here waiting at the airport, if she's pleased I've been so summarily dealt with by the police and Monsieur Hourrichon. But she's not a malicious person so perhaps not. She's probably with Albert anyway and not thinking about...
From the Violent to the Comic through the Power of the Text: Nogami Yaeko Reading Jane Austen in Japan
Nogami Yaeko (1885-1985) was one of modern Japan's most revered woman novelists. She was also a great admirer of the writing of Jane Austen. Nogami Yaeko first read Jane Austen as a young woman. However, in 1926, at the age of forty-one, her understanding...
Jane Austen and Kanai Mieko: Comic Sisterhood
A number of modem Japanese writers - both men and women have expressed their strong respect and admiration for Jane Austen's literature. Kanai Mieko (b.1947),1 in particular, has not only written some insightful comments about the works of the English...
Karanga for a Nuclear Free Pacific
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari te toa takitiniMy strength is not that of the individual but that of us all togetherIn 1962, without consultation, France declared Moruroa Atoll and other Tahitian islands as nuclear test sites. Karanga for a Nuclear...
Michèle le Doeuff, Feminist Epistemology, and the Unthought
Throughout her work, Michèle Le Doeuff demonstrates ways in which clusters of images and ideas can become unquestioned orthodoxies and permeate our epistemic imaginary. In The Philosophical Imaginary (1989) and Hipparchia's Choice (1991) she characterises...
Nothing to Fear
'You really don't want to go home?'She shakes her head. She's embarrassed. She's thirty years old and scared of the dark.'What are you so afraid of?'She looks out of the car at her house. It sits on a corner block and is lit yellow by the setting sun....
Reclaiming Identity in Rhyll McMaster's Feather Man
In 2007, the poet Rhyll McMaster published her first novel, Feather Man, with a small publishing company, Brandi and Schlesinger, after six years of 'almost universal rejection from every Australian publisher and literary agent'.1 In that year Feather...
Simple Things
Years later, you get up from your desk and moveroom to room, for some reason consciousof the dry weight of your skirtof its shifting against the skin of your calvesof the cumbersome shape and darkening colour of yourself(your presence, your passage)in...
The Last Weeks of the War, Italy 1945
1. IciciThe Germans tell her to getinto the jeep.Holding on to its cold, dusty sides,Sofia looks back at the steel-greyAdriatic and her brother,as it lurches onto the road.Against his chest, he holdsthe lunch she's brought himwrapped in a worn, cotton...
The SMS Queen of Bali
At the end of May, my sister Anja emails from Bali to tell me some 'fantastic news' - she's getting married in a week's time to Nyoman, a 'beautiful Balinese man'. It's her fourth marriage. He's thirty. She's fifty. Ten years older than me and, in many...
The Unfinished Business of Biography: Mary Fullerton and Mabel Singleton Revisited
Recently, a package from England arrived at my post office box, addressed to me in an unfamiliar hand. I opened it with curiosity to find a bundle of poems on loose sheets of paper, some in typescript, some handwritten neatly in ink, others scrawled...
Tomorrow in the Pleasure Gardens
We walked along the street. Night-time, crowds, lights, men. I was dressed in my favourite green kurta, jade hoop ear-rings, perfumed and, as we cut through the cars and people, I realised suddenly that I was a woman out. We walked. Mumtaz passed us...
Touch-Me-Not
Probably everyone except Harry Vance wanted in some way to escape from Rosewood, but like the characters in Stevenson's fable 'The House of Eld', one of Harry's favourite texts, they were somehow wedded to their fetters. Anna increasingly sought refuge...
Women, Peace Building and Political Inclusion: A Case Study from Solomon Islands
IntroductionDespite the crucial activities women fulfilled during the conflict in Solomon Islands they were overlooked and excluded in the peace negotiations and are yet to be sufficiently represented in national level politics. This article examines...
Write like You Play
I left my prestigious undergraduate education with an immediately scheduled acceptance to a postgraduate degree in writing. To the surprise of friends and family, I turned it down. 'Someday I'll go back to school,' I said. 'But not right now.'There was,...
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