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Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, May

Autobiographical Writing as Healing Process: Alice Masak French in Conversation with Christine Watson
Alice Masak French is an Inuk woman from the Western Arctic region of Canada, an area in which ninety-five percent of the population is Aboriginal. The Canadian constitution officially recognises three differing groups of Aboriginal peoples: Indians,...
Clean, White Girls: Assimilation and Women's Work
Nothing is inherently dirty; dirt expresses a relation to social value and social disorder. Dirt is that which transgresses social boundary.(1) The cult of domesticity became indispensable to the consolidation of British national identity, and at...
Defeating Gravity
I suppose we would be called hippies or 'artistic types,' but I think of us as Angels who fell to Earth. It was 1971 and we were beyond cool, innocent in our joyful acceptance of otherness. And the most other-worldly of our little group, living in...
Dravidian Curls (Fragments from an Unfinished Narrative)
(fragments from an unfinished narrative) In the menacing shadow play, forces complementing each other dance in each other's momentum. Rajani Thiranagama, The Broken Palmyra ... the pantheon where the "spirits" in so many heterogeneous places...
Forget-Me-Not
mostly I remember the trip home that wet Friday night in the blue mountains train I remember a middle-aged lady a bit overweight who sat in the corner of the carriage opposite me I want to go home! I want to go home! she chanted all the way out through...
Hard Yards
The story so far: We are at the Brisbane home of Mum King and her children, Darryl, Leena and Jimmy King. Leena's on-again off-again boyfriend Roo has come back to confront his demons within the King family after discovering the truth about his natural...
Iconological Observations
If my life were a painting, I know which one it would be: Manet's Le dejeuner sur l'herbe. Of course, it wouldn't look exactly like Manet's, it being a modernist painting, and me, me being a postmodernist girl; but in the manner of art, I could build...
In the Forest
You're in the forest. Little Red Riding Hood hangs her cloak on a tree and becomes nameless. She covers her legs, head and arms with mud. She leaves the path. She takes the picnic basket and walks in the opposite direction to her grandmother's....
Journal of a Biography: Writing Eleanor Dark
A is for ASIO files, and how the woman who didn't want to be seen was watched, how while the novelist was taking notes someone else was taking notes about her. She never writes about this. How did it affect her? That long period of silence, when she...
Lemons
Light - bluer in the southern summer. A retreat found from the fading room of one grandmother in the many gardens of the other. A gift I give them sometimes: bringing them together. The two unrelated women - except by polio, and both passed that...
Love Quest
1. Custard Man Where's your mother? Isn't she coming to pick you up? A big coat stood outside the school gates. He had already eaten two of my girlfriends down by the sewerage pipe, licking their knees in the reeds and chewing up their hem lines....
Myself at Fifty. an Inventory
let us start with the head * yes of course the head ever full of fancies and the hair on the head * white * scraggly * thinning white early * never any temptation to dye it so no worry now about when and how to stop a subject of conversation * a source...
New Angels for Storms of Progress? Two Historical Novels of Australian Feminism
The historical legacy and achievements of the second wave Australian women's movement have, as in other western countries, recently been subject to critical and pessimistic assessments in both academic and popular writing. These assessments have often...
Seed
Before, the rhythmic burring of cicada song would have made her still and sleepy. Chrissa put down the Lego house she was building and looked out through the heart-shaped leaves that grew from the vine, twined up posts and across the verandah shade....
Shaking a Few Tales: The Dialectics of Hybridity and Beth Yahp's 'The Crocodile Fury.'
The croc doesn't burn up the past, he sifts through it like treasure.(1) [H]ybridity marks the emancipation of the diaspora from "China" as the transparent master-signified of "Chineseness": instead, "Chineseness" becomes a signifier invested with...
The Critical Reception of 'Bobbin Up.'
Well before the upsurge of feminism Dorothy Hewett homed in on embattled female lives. The book abounds with portraits of working women ... These varied existences form the collective hero(ine) of a novel whose social message has lost nothing of its...
The House
The house at number 1 Nott Street was located at the far end of a small dead-end street in West End. It was in an industrial area and during the day workmen watched the clients arrive in taxis. A small chain-wire gate barred the entrance at the top...
True Happiness
At night in the hostel, where I am sharing a room with three others, the Japanese girl falls asleep in her clothes after eating a banana and a small can of tuna. The woman in the lower bunk is naked under the sheet, the sheet tucked between her legs....
Walking Wombs
Part 1 To plug a gaping void in the market place, diligent social workers manipulated family circumstances, doggedly matching babies of single fertile women to married, highly deserving, sterile couples, God's police, smug guardians of society's...
Women and the Republic: Dancing to a Different Tune?
The move to see Australia become a republic is taken by and large by the feminist community as a fait accompli. It will happen, we tell each other. We agree, it is politically progressive. It is time Australia severed its ties to monarchy and the English-parent...
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