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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, 1995

About Lores
About LoresA Few FactsIn Brisbane in the 1930s men didn't swear in front of women. And women tried to refrain from swearing in front of men.When Lores Bonney, pioneer `aviatrix,' accused Charles Kingsford Smith of using `bar-room' language to her I expected...
A Day in the Dreams of Dulcie Downe
A Day in the Dreams of Dulcie DowneI have to go.""What?""I...I...have to go...check on the paperwork. Make sure everything's ok.""Jeff, don't go!""What difference does it make? It's going to be alright."A telephone ring jabbed away persistently. Dulcie...
Dorothy Hewett: Two Early Essays; Note to the Dorothy Hewett Essays
Dorothy Hewett: Two Early Essays; Note to the Dorothy Hewett EssaysIt is not well enough acknowledged that Dorothy Hewett was for a long period in her life a Marxist literary critic and theorist. Along with writers like Frank Hardy and other members...
Eat Bread and Salt and Speak the Truth
Eat Bread and Salt and Speak the TruthThe creation of the revolutionary hero as a fully realized character is a central problem of the modern novel...it seems unlikely that this will happen with full success until the writers no longer have need to be...
From Lesbian Nation to Queer Nation
From Lesbian Nation to Queer NationIn 1973 Jill Johnston's Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution(1) was published with the following dedication:This book is for my motherwho should've been a lesbianAnd for my daughterin hopes she will beHere Lesbian...
Intervening in a Male-Dominated Field: The River Ophelia, the Brat Pack and Social Realism
Intervening in a Male-Dominated Field: The River Ophelia, the Brat Pack and Social RealismDespite the way The River Ophelia has been written about by the dominant reading group, it was not my intention to write or to author it as a social realist novel....
Jar
JarTomorrow, I get sacked. The jar and I understand what this means, and what then needs to be done. And done quickly. I remove my coat. I glance at the clock. Eleven. I take a good look at the jar. It is my favourite in this antique shop. I polish it...
Justine Ettler: The River Ophelia
Justine Ettler: The River OpheliaJustine Ettler's The River Ophelia asks questions about sex and power in a postmodern, postfeminist, urban world. Those questions are not new ones, and her central character, Justine's, experience of being "fucked over"...
Literary Body or Critical Corpse?
Bruce Bennett's introduction claims that this collection fills a need for investigation of "Hewett's forms of remembering, recording and imagining" (12). This is merely a pretext for an anecdote in which Bennett observes a conversation between Hewett...
Literary Body or Critical Corpse? A Review of Bruce Bennett (Ed), Dorothy Hewett: Selected Critical Essays
Literary Body or Critical Corpse? A REVIEW OF BRUCE BENNETT (ED), DOROTHY HEWETT: SELECTED CRITICAL ESSAYSBruce Bennett's introduction claims that this collection fills a need for investigation of "Hewett's forms of remembering, recording and imagining"...
Long Black Hair: I Remember
Long Black Hair: I RememberMy mother showed me her long black hair, plaited, in a plastic bag. I gave in to the pressure. To look modern, to look Australian. I was your age.In another plastic bag was her mother's long grey hair, plaited. She asked me...
Pie in the Pure Land: A Meeting in the 'Sweet Bye and Bye'
Bent overwatching others from beneathmy thighs-the state of the world Ineed to look at upside-down.Kaneko Fumiko, c.1925Print by Jiri Tibor Novak(print omitted)PrefaceThis play is about a meeting between three historical actors who never met: Emma Goldman,...
Pie in the Pure Land: A Meeting in the 'Sweet Bye and Bye' (an Historical Play for Radio)
Pie in the Pure Land: A Meeting in the `Sweet Bye and Bye' (An Historical Play for Radio)PrefaceThis play is about a meeting between three historical actors who never met: Emma Goldman, Kanno Suga and Kaneko Fumiko. Thus, for reasons to be explained,...
Queering the River Ophelia
Today I'm presenting an alternate re-vision of The River Ophelia in an attempt to overcome some of the stagnant assumptions and ideologies contained within this text.The blurb claims The River Ophelia "explores the uncharted waters of female desire,...
Sex, Writing, and the River Ophelia
Sex, Writing, and The River OpheliaWhat I'd like to do is make a few comments about the cultural context for the reception of The River Ophelia; to try and locate it in some way as to explicate why terms like `shocking,' `scandal,' or the more literary...
Spells
SpellsChristina and Melissa live together with Christina's four children and Melissa's black cat. Christina used to live with Denis. She lived with him for fifteen years.Life with Denis was very tiring. Her energy went into the washing machine with the...
Taslima Nasrin: Tales of Shame
Taslima Nasrin: Tales of ShameI'm going to move aheadBehind me my whole family is calling,my child is pulling at my sari-endmy husband stands blocking the door,but I will go.There is nothing ahead but a riverI will cross.A conference on voices of women...
'The Times They Are A'changin'
`The Times they are a`Changin'After much thought I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the concept of the Realist Writers' Groups and the Realist magazine is an expression of sectarian trends of separatism long prevalent amongst Australian communists...
To Be a Bird
I'm too skinny for the sea. Dugongs and seals and whales are covered in fat. The sea is cold and I'm no fish.It's cold, a cold as clear as glass. My feet shrink from the water but still I plod along the wet sand, toenails shells, and all I hear is the...
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