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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, May

Cobbling the Self: Interventions in the Classed Subject
Social class has been the subject of extensive investigation within the academic humanities for more than a century, although historical emergence, nomenclature, and theoretical ownership are as much contested as the notion of class itself. If we assume,...
Editorial
This is our first issue since 11 years of conservative government came to an end, along with a Prime Minister who thoroughly disliked the Universities, the ABC and critical media, and other parts of the public sphere whose operations had been decisively...
Freedom and Responsibility: Narrating Maori Women's Lives in Patricia Grace's Cousins
This paper will carry out a reading of Patricia Grace's novel Cousins in terms of mana wahine, a movement supported by a framework of Matauranga Maori (Maori knowledge) that works towards further recognition of Maori women's rights and responsibilities....
Hard Dreams and Indigenous Worlds in Australia's North
Moments are as common as the sunrise, but historic moments are rare. Three such talismanic events have taken place in Australia over the past nine months. All three focus upon central and enduring stories of Indigenous Australia. All three have--in...
Lost Children and Imaginary Mothers in Sonya Hartnett's of a Boy
In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva writes about lost children. (1) These are what she calls 'dejects', (2) who, in the psychodrama of subject formation, fail to fully absent the body of the mother, to accept the Law of the Father and the Symbolic,...
Methodological Challenges Amidst Musical Food for the Soul: Reflections on Singing Lullabies as a Mother
Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women's opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits...
Oh! Incredible India: Matilda's Exotic Indian Safari in a Hindustan Contessa
Jane Watson's Hindustan Contessa (1) published in 2002, may be regarded as a fictionalized cultural travelogue that internalizes 'the license of a traveller', for the narrative is deeply subjective and problematic, resonant as it is with the cultural...
Self as a 'Migratory Bird': Janet Frame's towards Another Summer
Janet Frame's autobiographical novella Towards Another Summer, was published posthumously in 2007. (1) It was produced in 1963, when Frame was living in London just after The Edge of the Alphabet was published, and she was writing The Adaptable Man....
The Maori at War and Strategic Survival: Tu by Patricia Grace
Maori Writing about War and Tu as a War Novel In Patricia Grace's novel Tu (2004), about the Maori fighting in World War Two, the Tainui Maori leader Te Puea Herangi makes a brief appearance to articulate a view which was unfashionable for those times:...
'You're a Woman and Our Orchestra Just Won't Have You': The Politics of Otherness in the Conducting Profession
Introduction In the musical profession of conducting, men have had the power to construct and cultivate customs and traditions and, as a result, the role of the conductor has been imbued with so-called 'masculine traits.' While the role has historically...
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