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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, 2007

A Clever Queen Learns the Wisdom of God: The Queen of Sheba in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Qur'an
The story of the Queen of Sheba, who comes to the court of King Solomon of Israel, is found in 1 Kings 10:1-14 and 2 Chronicles 9:1-12 of the Hebrew Scriptures and sura 27:23-44 of the Qur'an. The Queen remains unnamed throughout the story in both scriptures.1...
Assessing the Scene: Journal of Women's History, Women's History Review and Gender & History since 2000
This contribution provides an overview of the work of three major international journals that specialise in gender history and women's history, with a particular interest in the publishing opportunities they offer to young scholars working in Australia.1...
Beds
1.The wet. The cold. In the middle of a winter Sunday everyone has gotten into their beds, like bears, to hibernate for the winter months.They lie in bed with cups of tea and books and talk through the walls. 'I would like,' says Dev, 'to be one of the...
Blue
Everyone knows blue, the hue of soul, the waft of smoke. Blue-collar working-class, navy overalls, blue uniforms, a blue-scarved woman finishing work at the ammunitions factory talking to One of the girls' on the tram home. The driveway violets I picked...
Bodies of De/Composition: Leprosy and Tattooing in Beatrice Grimshaw's Fiction and Travel Writing
Footprints runnin' cross the silver sandSteps goin' down into tattoo landI met the sons of darkness and the sons of lightIn the bordertowns of despairBob Dylan (Dignity)1IntroductionWhen Irish travel writer and novelist Beatrice Grimshaw (1870-1953)2...
Breaking Loose
'I'll tell the children not to phone. I'll say I'm going on one of those mysterious trips you don't know the destination of until you arrive,' Heddy McCoy mumbles to herself as she pulls the front door shut behind her. 'No, better to say nothing. They'll...
Crying Baby
A neatly groomed teacher on maternity leave consults me because her two month old baby screams and screams for no apparent reason. She sits in the chair, fighting back tears, handling her infant with that peculiar tentativeness that comes from fear of...
Disturbing the Dialectics of the Public Toilet with the Water Closet
1. Outsiders - three encounters in the bathroom Her voice wavered as she answered me. I wondered where this was heading - I'd expected a simple answer.'Three quarters of the way through the exam, I needed to go to the toilet. I couldn't hold on any longer,...
Eve and the Bad Girls Club
Eve was sitting under an apricot tree in the cool of the day and pondering what had happened to her in all the aeons of days that had passed since she and Adam had left the Garden of Eden, following God's tissy fit at the thought that they might go as...
Everywhere and Nowhere? Women's History in Cultural History and Cultural Studies Journals
Cultural history, as Hsu-Ming Teo and Richard White recently noted, is 'probably the most fashionable of history's many approaches. It has taken over that role, first from political history and then from social history, as the all-embracing form of explanation...
Flirting with the Past: A Survey of Current Work in the History of Sexuality
My brief was to provide a survey of the range of women's, gender or feminist history currently being published in journals on sexuality. This encompasses an enormous historical, geographical and cultural terrain that ranges from female masculinity in...
Loving Yusuf: A Story of Taboos
Distance and Proximity: Reading Against the Grain of OurselvesThe story known as 'Joseph and Potiphar's wife' (Gen. 39; Qur'an 12) is a classical site of misogyny, specifically, of women's unreliability and betrayal. However, this story can be read against...
Notebook
I.Go to the newsagentto buy a new notebook:another new start.Spend time wanderingup and down the paper stacksworrying:How many pages?Ruled or blank?Margins or not?Expensive,or cheap?Vaguely, you understand what you are doing.You are measuring your potential.You...
On Days like Today
It is so much easierwhen it rains like this.Things feel rightin this kind of light andit doesn't seem to matterthat I hardly leave the house.Don't need to think of theWhole Worldout there.Not even a hint of it!I squint through the wet,looking for Something.Nothing!Not...
Patchwork Quilt
Second Person as Subject: Artistic Heterosexual Collaborations:Sonia Delaunay 1885-1979Robert Delaunay 1885-1941The most productive artistic exchange of the twentieth century?Dressed in bright yellow, blue, red and green,strident juxtapositions of colour,you...
Spiderwoman and Snow White Fight It Out
I keep myself under my pillow,two of me.One pinky slough of spider skin,legs in can-can, legs in air girl,undie frills for flash and twirl girl.Show off, show off,come on under warm, cosy feather spider.Spider can-can, spider can-not.Little spider, timid...
The Flood
'On your mark... get ready... get set... go!'The corgi wagged its stump of a tail but didn't get up. He was too old for chasing games now.'Come on Yogi,' Nell called. 'Come on.'The dog lifted his head from his paws and snapped lazily at a fly.'You're...
The Frogs Sang Me Back
Today I let the music in, and rememberedhow it softens the cicada-husk of you,the way sleep does;how it quiets the circling animal withinthe way rutting does;how music makes the borders around things clearas though, suddenly, the clumsy hand that colours...
Why Should Feminists Read the Bible?
When in the early part of the nineteenth century, women began to protest against their civil and political degradation, they were referred to the Bible for an answer. When they protested against their unequal position in the church, they were referred...
Wittig's Lesbian and the Corinthian Men: Problematising Categories of Sex in 1 Cor 11.2-16
Monique Wittig burst onto the French literary scene in 1964 with the publication of her first novel, L'opoponax, at the age of 29, for which she was awarded the Prix Medicis, one of the most prestigious literary awards in France. With her subsequent...
Women, Colonialism, History: Publishing on Women's History in Race and Colonial History Journals
My task in this paper was to take stock of the intersection between women's history and postcolonial studies through the rather partial perspective of journals on race and colonialism. Gender has emerged as one of the primary analytical categories in...
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