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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, 2006

Life in a Petri-Dish: Procreative Liberty, Choice, and the Governance of Women's Bodies
Introduction:Assisted reproduction and genetic technologiesAccording to New Zealand fertility clinic figures, roughly 650 children every year are conceived with the aid of a Petri-dish. 130 of these children are born from the use of donor gamete conception...
Radical Parturition and Literary Labours of Mourning: The Case of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
The story of birth is the ur-story - both paradigmatic and very specific. As the story of intense human experience, of the primary interaction of the one and the other, the articulated image of birth as literal and figurative process constitutes a poesis,...
Representing Mothers
Introductory EssayI'm a riddle in nine syllables,An elephant, a ponderous house,A melon strolling on two tendrils,O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!This loaf's big with its yeasty rising.Money's new-minted in this fat purse.I'm a means, a stage, a cow...
Sally
Sally Lee has just returned from Exotica. She goes there often and exactly as often returns. Sometimes she goes to the Sub-Continent. She goes on trains. She can sleep on any form of transport, mouth open, she is quite the snorer. Don't know where it...
Serpent's Tooth
'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is ...', King LearOnce, he brought home a pair of gold and emerald earrings, two small jewelled clips he found at a market in Hong Kong. He picked them up out of their gilded leather box and put them in her open...
'Shooting from the Hip': Valerie Solanas, SCUM and the Apocalyptic Politics of Radical Feminism
I consider that a moral act. And I consider it immoral that I missed.I should have done target practice.1- Valerie Solanas commenting on her near-fatal shooting ofAndy Warhol in 1968Valerie Solanas took the elevator and got off at the fourth floorShe...
The Cradle Arms of Strangers
We always prayed for rain. The monsoonal rains that used to sweep in from the north in the summer, never came. There was only a short, bombastic burst of rain. A hard rain that crashed on our roof and gurgled in our down-pipes for a day and a night....
The Evolution of the 'Mother' in Tarot
The first tarot decks, beautifully hand-painted in the courts of Northern Italy in the fifteenth century, boasted wonderful images of cherubim and angels, mysterious landscapes and many enigmatic figures wearing glorious robes of gold. At first glance,...
Theory, Desire, and Maternity: At Work in Academia
It is the first day of my annual leave and here I am revising this paper for publication while my daughter is at her father's work Christmas party. This predicament, of being on leave and working, of needing to take leave from my daughter in order to...
The View from Bombo Head
Seeing Bombo Beach for the first time was not a totally unmediated experience, since I had already seen it many times, and in all weathers, through the eyes and words of Charmian Clift. So there was a kind of double vision at work, in addition to the...
The Waiting Years: Enchi Fumiko and the Subjugated Voice of the Mother
Enchi Fumiko (1905-1986) was one of post-war Japan's most prominent women novelists. Her novel entitled The Waiting Years (Onnazaka, 1949-1957; 1957; tr. 1971) is set in early modern Japan and spans the four or so decades leading up to the end of the...
The Yes Lilies
Yvonne discards the sheets of garish tissue paper and arranges the closed lilies in a large vase. She appreciates their discretion. The tense, insinuative spearheads crowding uncomplainingly in this tight fit of a vase. She cups one of the spears in...
'What Is Wrong with the Chinese?'
The last emperor had had the last laugh after all. The man who had engineered the fall of the Qing Dynasty had died in Beijing, a city he had hated, surrounded by his enemies, thousands of kilometres from his main power base of Guangdong. Now Dr Sun...
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