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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, 1994

Are Films Dangerous? A Maori Woman's Perspective on the Piano
Are Films Dangerous? A Maori Woman's Perspective on The PianoIn 1987 Maori writer Patricia Grace wrote "Books are dangerous." Books, she argued, contribute to the setting and affirmation of social, ethical values and identity. They contribute to what...
A Tribute to Elizabeth Bligh
Eizabeth Bligh (nee Betham) is a mark in a family bible that forgets the wives of Betham men and many of their daughtersShe is recorded as married without children but six daughters reached womanhood twin sons died a day after birth there were miscarriages...
A Wilderness of Spiders
A Wilderness of SpidersMondayA hotel. A word. A welding mat. A punctured point of arrival. What in the world has come over me? Dreaming of a brickle bracky blackberry bed. A level surface to settle these ruined sentences. Lisping. Rasping. To sluice...
Between the Roses and the Taupata
Between the Roses and the TaupataJ. C. Sturm has been writing for more than fifty years. Since 1947, when one of her poems was accepted by a student newspaper, her stories, articles, reviews and poetry have appeared in various periodicals and anthologies....
Coercion
coercion...Black is one uneasy wordIt rolls off my tongueas fast and slickas the cow lickclinging to your foreheadshe/i whispered sweetlilnothin' jesus boy black...Just can't get enuffa youRealise it could besome junglefevergot me goodOnly you forget,...
Coercion ... / Lotus Hook
for Damon inspired by the choreopoem "for colored girls..." by Ntozake ShangeBlack is one uneasy wordIt rolls off my tongueas fast and slickas the cow lickclinging to your foreheadshe/i whispered sweetlilnothinn' jesus boy black...Just can't get enuffa...
Conversation in a Garden
Conversation in a GardenThe sprinklers are on. They stretch like telegraph poles down the rows of lettuce, closer and closer to each other as they get further away. The rows of lettuce converge at the end.That the sprinklers get closer and all rows converge...
Dualities and Differences Revisited: Recent Books on Janet Frame
Dualities and Differences Revisited: Recent Books on Janet FrameReviewing these five books offers an opportunity to discuss the past and current state of criticism of the work of Janet Frame. Jeanne Delbaere's The Ring of Fire is an expanded and updated...
Dualities and Differences Revisited: Recent Books on Janet Frame -- the Ring of Fire by Jeanne Delabaere / I Have What I Gave by Judith Dell Panny / Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions by Gina Mercer / the Inward Sun Edited by Elizabeth Alley
Reviewing these five books offers an opportunity to discuss the past and current state of criticism of the work of Janet Frame. Jeanne Delbaere's The Ring of Fire is an expanded and updated edition of a collection of critical essays first published in...
Feminism and Unionism in New Zealand
Feminism and Unionism in New ZealandIn 1991, a new labour relations regime was introduced in New Zealand that overturned a hundred year old pattern of bargaining between capital and labour. In a labour market heavily inflected by gender and race, the...
Force Landings
Force LandingsTitles.Slow rolling.Batten.Close the hatches.Garbo.Hinerangi.Clavel del Aire.Dentist's daughter from Rotorua.Fox furs. Feathers.A government grant in the depression.Adventurer. Gold digger. Jilt.A girl has to dowhat a girl has to dowho...
In Search of a Language and a Shareable Imaginative World E Kore Taku Moe E Riro I A Koe
In Search Of a Language and a Shareable Imaginative World E Kore Taku Moe E Riro I A KoeReaders and writers both struggle to interpret and perform within a common language shareable imaginative worlds.What happens to the writerly imagination of a black...
Interview with Beryl Fletcher
Interview with Beryl FletcherBeryl Fletcher is a New Zealand writer engaged in writing a trilogy about the lives and concerns of a group of feminist women over a period of years. The first novel of the trilogy, and Fletcher's first published novel, was...
Journey's End
Journey's EndHis shoes stuck out in her mind. She wondered if they were the very first thing she looked at. Her eyes were drawn to them because of the colour. A deep rich tan. They were expensive. They held his foot with the type of intimacy only money...
Lotus Hook
Lotus HookAs a ruleChinese men don't makegood lovers my mother saidtheir hands are too softtheir bodies too hairlessand they have voiceslike little girlsbesides whichthey only think aboutmoneyShe was the youngestin a great line of Cantonese mogulsthe...
Migrant Women's Writing in New Zealand: Amelia Batistich's Three-Dimensional World
Migrant Women's Writing in New Zealand: Amelia Batistich's Three-Dimensional WorldOur Main Street, where you were part of a three-dimensional world. Walk down there any day and hear the singing Maori speech, the sharper English, the rolled Dalmatian...
New Zealand since 1984: Economic Restructuring-Feminist Responses, Activity and Theory
New Zealand Since 1984: Economic Restructuring -- Feminist Responses, Activity and TheoryThe New Right/Deregulation in New Zealand, 1984/94The rise of the new right, both on political and economic issues, in New Zealand and several countries overseas,...
Night of the Queens
Night of the QueensThe Night Queen's coming --sending her premonitions on ahead, the Night Queen's coming, beaming --already she looses a shower of small grey grainy drops warning the stars to light --she lifts her arms and shadowy from her underarms...
Opening the Archive: Robin Hyde, Eileen Duggan and the Persistence of Record
Opening the Archive: Robin Hyde, Eileen Duggan and the Persistence of RecordEileen Duggan and Robin Hyde may between them lay the foundation of a New Zealand literature.(1)When Gillian Boddy in 1991 quotes Pat Lawlor in 1935 quoting Jessie Mackay several...
Over the Edge of the World
Over the Edge of the WorldI have a story to tell...My mother, Anne, is about to return to her country of birth for the first time in forty years. She has been married for longer than she was single, and has lived in New Zealand since she was eight. It...
Splitting the Stone / under Threat / to an Old Flame
SPLITTING THE STONE (for John)You brought back carefully, nervously A heavy grey boulder From that other beach Up north--The place I call home When I feel inclined--A narrow iron strip Between land and sea With several old battlefields Close by And a...
The Marginalisation of Maori Women
The Marginalisation of Maori WomenColonialismNew Zealand was annexed at a period when ideologies of the `superiority' of particular races over others were very influential. In particular, notions of the development and evolution of races provided major...
The Negation of Powerlessness: Maori Feminism, a Perspective
The Negation of Powerlessness: Maori Feminism, a PerspectiveThere is a void in our conceptual topography as Maori Women. The void has been created by the internalisation of powerlessness as a consequence of emergent power cliques which are a reflection...
What We Want and What We Get: Renee's Jeannie Once
What We Want and What We Get: Renée's Jeannie OnceDunedin, New Zealand, 1879: the voyage out to New Zealand from Scotland and Ireland has been longer and has taken more of a toll on the passengers than anyone expected. The jobs that were to be "hanging...
Where to from Here? Contemporary New Zealand Women's Fiction
Where to From Here? Contemporary New Zealand Women's FictionThe eighties has been the decade of women's fiction in New Zealand. It is true that this period has also seen an "explosion" of local literary activity in general, and especially of local publishing,...
Wher to from Here? Contemporary New Zealand Women's Fiction
The eighties has been the decade of women's fiction in New Zealand. It is true that this period has also seen an "explosion" of local literary activity in general, and especially of local publishing, whose impact has only been approached by the "germinal...
Women for Aotearoa: Feminism and Maori Sovereignty
Women for Aotearoa: Feminism and Maori SovereigntyThe impetus paper, prepared for the Women's Studies for this Association Conference in Wellington in 1994, came after the publication in 1993 of Anne Else's book, Women Together: A History of Women's...
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