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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, 2003

A Good Italian Boy
The Last SupperIt was Christmas, the holy day none of us celebrated, not even Nonna. It was as if she had finally given up the hope of prayer. She was seventy, small, saggy breasted with drooping ear lobes. She had Parkinson's disease and she was cooking...
A Good Italian Boy
The Last SupperIt was Christmas, the holy day none of us celebrated, not even Nonna. It was as if she had finally given up the hope of prayer. She was seventy, small, saggy breasted with drooping ear lobes. She had Parkinson's disease and she was cooking...
Blood Plums
She was young. All spindle legged and sandy coloured. Her fair hair cropped unfashionably close to a pointed face that carried more than a hint of adulthood. I'm a mouse, she thought as she tiptoed from her bedroom. Not even the bright eye of her little...
Blood Plums
She was young. All spindle legged and sandy coloured. Her fair hair cropped unfashionably close to a pointed face that carried more than a hint of adulthood. I'm a mouse, she thought as she tiptoed from her bedroom. Not even the bright eye of her little...
Earth Eaters
Mum had said I had to go up there, to Margot: Sherrie was on her own. I was 15 and finished grade ten and was supposed to start work at the newsagent's. I had wanted to go to Sherrie's, to get away from mum, especially from her voice that had become...
Earth Eaters
Mum had said I had to go up there, to Margot: Sherrie was on her own. I was 15 and finished grade ten and was supposed to start work at the newsagent's. I had wanted to go to Sherrie's, to get away from mum, especially from her voice that had become...
Editorial
This issue has a strong emphasis upon literary and cultural representations of women and the feminine. How do we locate feminism in fictional texts by women? How do we figure the pleasure of women readers where the narratives they consume turn upon violence...
Editorial
This issue has a strong emphasis upon literary and cultural representations of women and the feminine. How do we locate feminism in fictional texts by women? How do we figure the pleasure of women readers where the narratives they consume turn upon violence...
Forming Feminism: Structure and Ideology and Charades and 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye'
Some months ago I gave a paper on a postmodern work by a female author and, during the subsequent discussion, several people took issue with the ways in which the author portrayed female characters. Their implication was that these portraits of characters...
Forming Feminism: Structure and Ideology in Charades and 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye'
Some months ago I gave a paper on a postmodern work by a female author and, during the subsequent discussion, several people took issue with the ways in which the author portrayed female characters. Their implication was that these portraits of characters...
Grain of Dirt
The elderly woman feels a quiver of excitement as she stares at the photograph in her calloused hands. The black and white picture has been preserved with meticulous care, even the frame is made of solid silver and dusted with precise regularity.Thelma...
If I Was Good I'd Tell Everyone I Know
You always read of bad luck stories and how the heroine wins out big time in the end, right? She gets her fabulous job and even better man and their lives together stretch into some fairy tale length proportions of love and adventure. That's how it always...
Islam, Women and Australia's Cultural Discourse of Terror
Now it will be a case of, is that a kilo of C-4 in your pants or are you pleased to see me?(1)The debate about how Islam situates women's rights has proven to be an enduring one.(2) The struggle of women within Islamic societies, notably the theocratic...
Like a Rose
Ring a ring of rosies rosy rash,A pocketful of posies a pocketful of petals as protection,A-tishoo! A-tishoo! a sneezing symptom,We all fall down we all fall down and die of the plagueHe made a white rose of Kleenex tissuespleated and held with pipe-cleaner...
Like a Rose
He made a white rose of Kleenex tissuespleated and held with pipe-cleaner stem,pulling out the layers: and taught her how tosinge short straws to frill each end and threadthem like colourful beads- when I was seven and he was nineShe watched her mother...
Marie Bjelke Petersen's 'Virile Story': Jewelled Nights, Gender Instability, and the Bush
IntroductionThe older man looked him over silently for some moments, before saying, with a slight change of manner, 'Ever feel kind of - lonesome around here in the evenings?'The boy moved suddenly. 'No - oh no - I - I - generally go to bed early.' He...
Media Implosion: Posthuman Bodies at the Interface
In keeping with the rhetoric of technology as a dehumanizing force, the participant in communication technologies has often been interpreted as passive in the information network. In this context, engagements with electronic forms of communication signal...
Modernity and the White Imaginary in Australian Feminist Theatre
In her book The Gender of Modernity, Rita Felski argues for a reassessment of the significance of women and the feminine in the history of modernity. Changes in women's lives - and feminism itself - are manifestations of modernity even though concepts...
Modernity and the White Imaginary in Australian Feminist Theatre
In her book The Gender of Modernity, Rita Felski argues for a reassessment of the significance of women and the feminine in the history of modernity. Changes in women's lives -- and feminism itself -- are manifestations of modernity even though concepts...
Out of Type: Bessie Mitchell (Guthrie) and Viking Press (1939-44)
This article seeks to re-evaluate women's roles and significance within Australian book publishing, especially during its formative years from 1931-73. Such a revision not only challenges the traditional view of publishing as an `occupation for gentlemen',...
The 'Heterosexualisation' of Sadism and Masochism
When initially researching this article, I intended to examine the myth of female masochism and how this is employed, problematised and reinvented in female Gothic and feminist detective fiction. But as I began the research I realised that this myth...
The Right Language for Rape
The sphere of language has become a privileged domain in which to interrogate the causes and effects of social injustice.1What is the right language to resist rape? Why is the language women use during rape frequently considered to be the wrong language?...
This Girl
Do you recognise this girl? Have you seen her before?I have, around and about, a glimpse in the mirror or in the shadows which fell on my face in a particular way in an old photograph.Her. Carrying a little extra weight like it was a lot. Her too-big...
This Girl
Do you recognise this girl? Have you seen her before?I have, around and about, a glimpse in the mirror or in the shadows which fell on my face in a particular way in an old photograph.Her. Carrying a little extra weight like it was a lot. Her too-big...
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