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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, October

Are Films Dangerous? A Maori Woman's Perspective on 'The Piano.' (Special Aotearoa/New Zealand Issue)
In 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 is seen as important about groups of people through explaining...
A Wilderness of Spiders
Monday A 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 this nonexistent night....
Between the Roses and the Taupata
J. 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. A collection of short stories...
Coercion
for Damon inspired by the choreopoem "for coloured girls . . ." by Ntozake Shange Black is one uneasy word It rolls off my tongue as fast and slick as the cow lick clinging to your forehead she/i whispered sweetlilnothin' jesus boy black . . . Just...
Conversation in a Garden
The 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 to a point is...
Dualities and Differences Revisited: Recent Books on Janet Frame
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
In 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 radical change from occupational awards...
Force Landings
Titles. 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 do what a girl has to do who...
In Search of a Language and a Shareable Imaginative World E Kore Taku Moe E Riro I a Koe
Readers and writers both struggle to interpret and perform within a common language shareable imaginative worlds. What happens to the writerly imagination of a black author who is at some level always conscious of representing one's own race to, or...
Interview with Beryl Fletcher
Beryl 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 The Word Burners, winner of...
Journey's End
His 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 could buy....
Lotus Hook
As a rule Chinese men don't make good lovers my mother said their hands are too soft their bodies too hairless and they have voices like little girls besides which they only think about money She was the youngest in a great line of Cantonese moguls...
Migrant Women's Writing in New Zealand: Amelia Batistich's Three-Dimensional World
Our 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 'r's. A street where three peoples met and never really merged. Maori, British, Dalmatian...
New Zealand since 1984: Economic Restructuring - Feminist Responses, Activity and Theory (Special Aotearoa/New Zealand Issue)
The New Right/Deregulation in New Zealand, 1984/94 The rise of the new right, both on political and economic issues, in New Zealand and several countries overseas, involves a substantial actual and threatened backlash against earlier social and economic...
Night of the Queens
The 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 fall scents and incense,...
Opening the Archive: Robin Hyde, Eileen Duggan and the Persistence of Record
Eileen 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 years previously on the subject of her younger contemporaries Eileen...
Over the Edge of the World
I 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 has never been safe...
The Marginalization of Maori Women
Colonialism New 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 theoretical foundations from...
The Negation of Powerlessness: Maori Feminism, a Perspective
There 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 of dominant power relations. In the clamour to fill the void...
What We Want and What We Get: Renee's 'Jeannie Once.' (Play) (Special Aotearoa/New Zealand Issue)
Dunedin, 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 from every tree just waiting to be picked up"(1)...
Where 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
The impetus for this paper, prepared for the Women's Studies Association Conference in Wellington in 1994, came after the publication in 1993 of Anne Else's book, Women Together: A History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand,(1) which did not include...
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