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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 2, 1998

Aborigines Have Different Ideas about Property
Aborigines Have Different Ideas About PropertyThere is a man on your train with one eye like a fish. Bloody and fishy like they are, the fish all slapped up together at the market. Shiny and soulless like they are, the sides of their raw wet heads.You...
A 'Red Revolutionist and Ranter': Jean Devanny in the Early 1930s
You are our heroine, comrade good and true Sweet and so noble, pure right through and through Fighting so gallantly 'gainst capitalistic laws Suff'ring as Red Rosa did for the workers' cause.' Jean Devanny of the "struggle", leather-coated figure of...
Argy Bargy
Argy BargyAn academic supervisor says I use `often' too often. He says you should use often only sometimes as it is a rather vague term. You should never use often as I do -- always. I say I don't use often always, but yet more than sometimes because...
Articulating the Future and the Past: Gender, Race, and Globalisation in One Nation Discourse
Articulating the Future and the Past: Gender, Race, and Globalisation in One Nation Discourse(Racial) discourse invariably draws on a cultural density of prior representations that are recast in new form;...racism appears at once as a return to the past...
A Story Well Told
`Your grandfather fell in love with me the first time we met. I was just a girl.' The love story of Giovanni and Lucia, in the early 1900s in Sicily is as familiar to their grand-daughter, young Lucia, as the taste of fresh bread and olives. "Tell me...
Bandit Queen through Indian Eyes: The Reconstructions and Reincarnations of Phoolan Devi
Located at the intersection of gender and caste oppression, women in rural India have for centuries generated their own coping mechanisms of compromise and challenge. Phoolan Devi has come to symbolise an extreme, not necessarily of oppression but certainly...
Circumstantial Ambiguity: Dreaming De Beauvoir
Circumstantial Ambiguity: Dreaming de BeauvoirWhat possessed you, Simone de Beauvoir, to devote yourself to the world of the masculine, though your project was to annihilate everything that it had led women to accept? A simmering beau voir, your name...
Editorial
EditorialHecate's twenty-fifth birthday is almost upon us. And we have an adopted sister, the Australian Women's Book Review, ten years old this year. Hecate began in 1975. It seemed like a good idea at the time; it was International Women's Year and...
Egg Stories
Egg StoriesI once slept with a boy who had a sewn-up navel. `That's odd,' I said. `How come you've got no navel?' `I'm a surfer,' he said. He was also a rich boy who ran one of his daddy's chain of jewellery stores. `It stuck out,' he said, `and rubbed...
Gununa Is the Land of My Dreams That's Rich in Culture with Its Background
Elsie Roughsey, or Labumore in her native Lardil, is most well-known in the greater Australian community for her book, An Aboriginal Mother Tells of the Old and the New (McPhee Gribble/Penguin, 1984), an autobiographical account of the traditions and...
Her Kind
Her KindAnne sat bolt upright in her pebble bed at the bottom of the Brisbane river and stretched out her long thin arms. She yawned and a couple of frogs slid out her mouth. A school of trout, hungry and bored, noticed something bright as a fluro light...
'Lovable Natives' and 'Tribal Sisters': Feminism, Maternalism, and the Campaign for Aboriginal Citizenship in New South Wales in the Late 1930s
`Lovable Natives' and `Tribal Sisters': Feminism, Maternalism, and the Campaign for Aboriginal Citizenship in New South Wales in the Late 1930sThe NSW Aborigines Protection Board had administered the gazettal, management, leasing, and revocation of reserve...
Nothing like the Real Thing: (Post) Colonialism and Travelling
Nothing Like The Real Thing: (Post)Colonialism and TravellingIt took me several years to be able to explain -- as a young, white working class woman critic -- why (post)colonialism is unsettling. I had to leave Australia and set some distance between...
Singing the Revolution Blues for Alice
singing the revolution blues for aliceI.In one of the dead giveaways, she never wore dresses, ever. But you might easily have said she was just covering up those lucky legs of hers (lucky they don't snap off and stick half way up your arse!). Blackfella...
The Dress
The DressOn the clothesline is hanging a small, wet dress. The cut is simple -- short sleeves attached to a straight bodice and a skirt which flares for a full 360° from the waistband. It is a dress in which you could dance and twirl with pleasure, it...
The Healing Powers of Your Average Suburban Lawn
The Healing Powers of Your Average Suburban LawnThe neatness of a freshly cut lawn is as peaceful as a church outdoors. The roof has gone missing. We throw up our hands as high as clouds to sing: `The world is blue and warm.' A job well done and the...
Wanted
WantedHousekeeper for dynamic household.Minimum qualification, degree in psychology.Counselling skills advantageous.To begin in the kitchen,the cupboards live in a state of increasing accumulated chaos.They never remember what they need,overstock,and...
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