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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, May

A Conversation with Mudrooroo
In June 1993,. Janine Little spoke with Mudrooroo about poststructuralisn, the politics of gender, race and class, and the implications of these questions for contemporary Black writers in Australia. Mudrooroo elaborates upon, and modifies, some of...
An Anecdote a Day Keeps Analysis Away: Gendered Relations of Power and an 'Academic Spoof.' (Views of Terry Eagleton on Modern Novels)
Terry Eagleton has argued that the burgeoning genre of the |campus' or |academic' novel usually features certain culturally significant family resemblances, the shifts and variations that those relations imply notwithstanding. These generic resemblances...
Australian Feminist Literary History: Around 1981
Around 1981 is the name of Jane Gallop's "institutional history" of academic feminist literary theory in the United States.(1) In this article I want to raise some questions about the difference it has made to be doing feminist literary studies in...
Biddy Takes Pink Gin to the Country Dance
The world's gone to seed, you know. It's covered with white silk floss and the setting sun rafts like a fire ship, like a red flaming catastrophe into the banks of the foaming silk, slick and sleek of it and there's blood of the sun in the foam and...
Break-Up Beach
Cordoned off by an eight lane highway, a bluestone wall, and then surrounded again by heavy industrial buildings, is the beach that I had planned for our stop. On the map it looked like the perfect romantic site - long sprawling beach surrounded by...
In Here
My boyfriend sits still in a chair watching me. I am stretched out across the bottom comer of the bed with a pillow over my face. The chair creaks as his body moves forward, he says please Gerry please. I am straining to pretend that I am alone in...
Spider-Lily
In the hour before the Aladdin lamp is lit, I am at the kitchen window watching the spider lilies open. If I could paint the way I wanted, I would paint this picture: behind me in the kitchen, my mother is putting wood on the fire, peeling potatoes,...
The Australian Girl Catches the First Feminist Wave
In a recent article, "|The Best Career is Matrimony': First Wave Journalism and the |Australian Girl,'" Sharyn Pearce explores different journalistic representations of "the Australian Girl" in the twenty years following Federation.(1) This exploration...
The Feminist History Group Goes to the Berks
Introduction As a context out of which I write, I want to invoke both the |linguistic turn' among historians and the |new historicism' among literary critics. Carroll Smith-Rosenberg encapsulates one North American version of historians' turn...
The Girl Who Drowned Her Dolls Is Offered Silkworms
The silkworm has stopped eating, her velvet cream body grown turgid and pythonesque. Yesterday she rose up and began with her first four pairs of legs to describe large and confident circles in the air, extruding from her homely glands the winding silk...
The Jewelled Castle and the Moat of Flowers
Once upon a time there was a girl called Christobel who felt sick. She felt the sickness rising up from her belly to her throat, continually pushing upwards, growing bigger, making her retch and gag. But nothing came out. After a while the nausea would...
Vapours
It arrived nearly six months after her mother died, a small brown cardboard box which rattled when she shook it, and smelt musty and motheaten, like her mother. She cringed at the guilt which sprung to the surface as she unwrapped it. There would be...
"Watch the White Women Fade": Aboriginal and White Women in the Northern Territory, 1870-1940
Some years ago I read in Miriam Dixson's The Real Matilda, in the chapter "Models for Female Identity Formation in a Frontier Land": Sexual jealousy goes some way towards explaining the cold indifference most of our own respectable women...
Women and the Current Queensland State Government
In November 1989 a Labor Government came to power in Queensland for the first time in thirty two years. During the election campaign Labor leader, Wayne Goss, publicly committed himself and his party to a range of legal and policy reforms stated to...
Women Walk Home
In brief, uncertain light and early morning cool the women I converged, stepping out of the alleys and shadows cast by stone buildings, huddling in small groups at the meeting-place. The disused mosque, which caught the first full light, was pocked...
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