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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, 2011

Bearing Witness; One Mother to An-Other
One moment.She was an ordinary mother.An ordinary mother on all fours giving birth.The next.A woman who had failed profoundly.A woman who had relinquished all 'duty of care'.On Saturday, February 17, 1996 at 2.45pm I gave birth to a boy. A live crying...
Cowboys
In December the afternoon rains turn all the streets on the island into mud. Still, GiIi Trawangan is full of people. The tourists walk down the road in bikinis and shorts, unfazed as they make their way to the beach with their snorkels and umbrellas....
From a Desire Not to Do Violence: Encountering the Song of Songs
Draw me after you, let us run together. Song 1:4(1)Embodied wordsElusive, transgressive, fatherless, godless- finding a genre of investigation, a writing that works for the Song of Songs is a challenge. There seems to be an insufficiency in conventional...
Hidden Treasure
The kids, as round as grubs, stood at the edge of the excavation pit that had started outside their village a few weeks before. Samuel left one thong in the dirt like some reversed footprint as he rubbed his foot up and down his right shank reopening...
Horseflesh
The last horse in the pen stood with its neck bent, head nodding and eyes closed. Its ears twitched and it flicked its tail occasionally, but otherwise it seemed to ignore the scores of flies that crawled all over its dull brown hide. The girl brushed...
Mothers' Money in Singapore
This paper is about the role of money in the lives of mothers. My research had initially categorised mothers into three groups for the purpose of analysis: mothers who have never worked and homemaker mothers turned workers; mothers who have always worked...
Mourning, Melancholia and Melodrama in Contemporary Women's Grief Fiction: Kim Edwards's the Memory Keeper's Daughter
IntroductionThis essay examines the genre of women's grief fiction through the lens of psychoanalytic theories of mourning and melancholia. It concentrates on the family melodrama as an instance of popular, 'middlebrow' women's fiction, which addresses...
Places, People and Time Passing: Virginia Woolf's Haunted Houses
House property was the common ground from which the Edwardians found it easy to proceed to intimacy.1It ended in a transcendental theory which with her horror of death, allowed her to believe, or say she believed (for all her scepticism), that since...
Praise Be
-Are you ever coming back?-Back where?-To the farm...-No. (And God forbid!)He hung his head, the hat in his hand half covering his chest like a mourner at a graveside. She continued peeling potatoes and paring the rind off pumpkin, rearranging the chopping-board...
Rose Macaulay's and No Man's Wit: The Forgotten Spanish Civil War Novel
In June 1937, the editorial staff of The Left Review published a pamphlet entitled 'Authors Take Sides on the Spanish War.'1 This pamphlet included the responses of almost one hundred and fifty United Kingdom poets and writers to the questions: 'Are...
Survival of the Male Breadwinner
The disadvantage suffered by women in the sphere of the Australian labour market has been underscored by the male breadwinner model maintained by the Australian system of industrial regulation.1 Throughout the twentieth century women struggled to secure...
The Cull
My dearest,please do the kindest thing,and let me despise you, now.Dearest-please release me fromthis metaphysical infestation,euthanase this fantastically blightedproduct of gestation.Please leave the deformed pupof my obsessionwrithing out on the woodpile,in...
Trafficking Modernities-Gender and Cultural Authority in the Case of the Woman Organist, Lilian Frost
Lilian Frost served as Pitt Street Congregational Church (PSCC) organist for over fifty years, spanning the first half of the twentieth century. Although much-loved, she did not enjoy a smooth career. While her skills were recognised within the church,...
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