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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1/2, 2009

Aileen Palmer-Twentieth Century Pilgrim: War, Poetry, Madness and Modernism
Aileen Palmer is one of only three women represented in a recent anthology of thirty-three poets writing about their experiences of the Spanish Civil War.1 The other two are English writers: Valentine Ackland and Sylvia Townsend Warner. In The Gender...
An Uncanny Vernacular: Comparing the Radical Modernisms of Lorine Niedecker and Lesbia Harford
Modernist studies have been bound by the local, notes Andreas Huyssen in his recent essay, 'Modernism at Large/ This is reinforced by their disciplinary compartmentalizing through departments of national literatures. He argues that 'We still lack a workable...
Baptism
Brother Tomas drew his habit tightly around himself, a futile gesture against the biting sea wind. He eyed the tiny island in the middle of the bay that would be his new home. He had been in Koreka for less than a half a day, and already he was homesick...
Consumption, Desire and the Feminine Subject
Get Your Pussy Into VenussI knew about Venuss Envy long before entering its doors. I had seen the promotional cards on friends' fridges, tucked under invites and bills, given to women from women, with messages such as 'she reminded me of you'. These...
Contesting Modernism. Flowers, Portraits, Gum Trees: My Father and Me
IntroductionNora Heysen's life (1911-2003) and art were intimately bound up with modernism. Initially this occurred through her upbringing in the Heysen household, where current directions in art were the staple of daily conversation and correspondence...
'Elusive as the Fires That Generate New Forms and Methods of Expression in Every Age and Country'1: Nettie Palmer and the Modernist Short Story
In 1928 Nettie Palmer put together a selection of short stories, An Australian Story-Book. She hoped 'to open a door'. 2 This collection is a deliberate modernist disruption of the conventional magazine short story, offering challenging works of modernist,...
Eve 1954
She comes to me in the music. Tchaikowsk/s 6th Symphony that plays in the background while we are dining at the Randalls. I am floating full of thought and air when I am landed by a stab of emotion, a prick inside ... the surfacing of something. It enters...
'Everything to Dread from the Dispossessed': Changing Scenes and the End of the Modernist Heroine in Elizabeth Bowen's Eva Trout
In the four decades since its publication, literary critics have not been land to Elizabeth Bowen's final novel, Eva Trout; or, Changing Scenes. John Halperin, for example, derides the novel as a 'flat-out flop' for which its author 'ought to be excused...
Fashion Takes Flight: Amy Johnson, Schiaparelli and Australian Modernism
From the pioneering days of aviation, through well into the 1960s, the glamour of travelling by air created an atmosphere that suggested that on arrival one should look if not pristine at least presentable. The rugged adventure of travelling by air across...
Finding Hy-Brazil: Eugenics and Modernism in the Pacific
In the 1930s a number of Australian women writers took issue with material and symbolic aspects of public health discourse and in particular challenged institutional endorsement of eugenicist movements. Certain women writers chose to enter this national...
First Drafts for Transnational Women's Writing: A Revisiting of the Modernisms of Woolf, West, Fauset and Dark
This essay carries on from the introduction to this collection and its discussion of the applicability of the recent term 'transnational' to modernist writing, recognizing that Virginia Woolf was not alone among woman artists and writers in struggling...
From Forty Shades of Green
IMetal and leather, metal and leather. The winter of 1946, but I remember, I remember. The smell and the taste. The bare, sterile room, and the metal smell. The four white walls, and the nurses in white, as they buckled two metal plates at either side...
Introduction
Defining transnational now and thenFavoured terms come and go in all disciplines, but 'transnational' now seems to have supplanted 'international' and 'multicultural' in Women's and Gender Studies. For example, Routledge recently released Global Gender...
Jean Devanny as an Australasian 'Woman of 1928'
When Jean Devanny (1894-1962) left her native land and with her family crossed the Tasman Sea from Wellington to Sydney in 1929, she intended this to be a stop on the way to England, in the days when they still called Britain 'Home'. In the event, she...
Modernising Japanese Women through Literary Journals
IntroductionFollowing the economic and political collapse of Imperial rule in Heian Japan (794-1185), the successive military regimes and their feudal systems in general deprived women writers and artists of participation in artistic and creative work...
Modernist Takes on Film in Jean Devanny's First Novels about Australia
We are accustomed to consider Jean Devanny's fiction in the context of two powerful modernizing nineteenth-century discourses, feminism and Marxism.1 In an essay published in 1985, Carole Ferrier argued that Jean Devanny's 'sexuality and her politics...
The Poet and the Ghosts Are Walking the Streets: Hope Mirrlees-Life and Poetry
Hope Mirrlees (1887-1978), a British writer, was until recently perhaps best known for her fantasy novel Lud-in-the-Mist (1926), which attracted a cult following after its republication in the 1970s. She achieved a measure of celebrity as a result, attested...
Tragic Alliance as (Post)Modernist Reading: 'Jasmine Tea' by Zhang Ailing
Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang, 1920-1995) was one of the major prose stylists of modern Chinese literature.1 Heir to the great tradition of premodern vernacular fiction in China, Zhang was also wellacquainted with Western modern fiction. This paper, a reading...
Unsubordinated Women: Modernist Fantasies of Liberation in Silvina Ocampo's Short Stories
Fantastic Literature has proved a particularly fertile object of study with regard to the representation of the subject since, by its very nature, the fantastic stretches the conventions of fiction to their limits. Thus it corresponds to the definition...
When Was Modernism? the Cold War Silence of Christina Stead
Christina Stead (1902-1983) was a long-time expatriate Australian writer who lived in, and wrote about Sydney, New York, Paris, London and many other European cities- she was a 'travelling modernist' par excellence. Today this geo-political and cultural...
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