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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, October

Life in a Petri-Dish: Procreative Liberty, Choice, and the Governance of Women's Bodies
Introduction: Assisted reproduction and genetic technologies According to New Zealand fertility clinic figures, roughly 650 children every year are conceived with the aid of a Petri-dish. 130 of these children are born from the use of donor gamete...
Radical Parturition and Literary Labours of Mourning: The Case of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
The story of birth is the ur-story--both paradigmatic and very specific. As the story of intense human experience, of the primary interaction of the one and the other, the articulated image of birth as literal and figurative process constitutes a poesis,...
Representing Mothers
I'm a riddle in nine syllables, An elephant, a ponderous house, A melon strolling on two tendrils, O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! This loafs big with its yeasty rising. Money's new-minted in this fat purse. I'm a means, a stage,...
'Shooting from the Hip': Valerie Solanas, SCUM and the Apocalyptic Politics of Radical Feminism
I consider that a moral act. And I consider it immoral that I missed. I should have done target practice. (1) --Valerie Solanas commenting on her near-fatal shooting of Andy Warhol in 1968 Valerie Solanas took the elevator and got...
The Evolution of the 'Mother' in Tarot
The first tarot decks, beautifully hand-painted in the courts of Northern Italy in the fifteenth century, boasted wonderful images of cherubim and angels, mysterious landscapes and many enigmatic figures wearing glorious robes of gold. At first glance,...
Theory, Desire, and Maternity: At Work in Academia
It is the first day of my annual leave and here I am revising this paper for publication while my daughter is at her father's work Christmas party. This predicament, of being on leave and working, of needing to take leave from my daughter in order...
The Waiting Years: Enchi Fumiko and the Subjugated Voice of the Mother
Enchi Fumiko (1905-1986) was one of post-war Japan's most prominent women novelists. Her novel entitled The Waiting Years (Onnazaka, 1949-1957; 1957; tr. 1971) is set in early modern Japan and spans the four or so decades leading up to the end of the...
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