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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, May

Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of Herself: Some Thoughts on Canadian Feminism
Introduction Before I begin, I would like to give a brief explanation for this paper's title. It is borrowed from a Canadian play called Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God. Written by Djanet Sears, this play was a collaboration between...
A Girl's Guide to Modernism's Grammar: Language Politics in Experimental Women's Fiction
In 1917, a writer in the New York Evening Sun indicated that 'some people think that women are the cause of modernism, whatever that is.' (1) The statement indicates an early linking of 'modernism' with 'women, and signals that both entities are problematic....
Changing Feminisms-A Personal View
I am not quite sure when I became a feminist but it was certainly the result of growing up surrounded by strong minded women--my mother, grandmother and High School teachers. I guess there was also a sense of rebellion against 1950s assumptions...
Feminism as Cultural Renaissance
'Truly, it felt like Year One' wrote English novelist Angela Carter; 'towards the end of the sixties it started to feel like living on a demolition site--one felt one was living on the edge of the unimaginable'. There was 'a yeastiness in the air that...
Feminism Today
Speaking rather from the sidelines, since it is some years since I've been involved in women's studies or active in any feminist campaign, I am puzzled by the absence today of any feminist political movement with a clear profile. On the one hand the...
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During the 1890s, women in Queensland finally decided they were not stopping until they got suffrage. By 1893, New Zealand women were enfranchised, and in 1894 South Australia became the first to give women the vote in State elections. Many took to...
In Gendered Chambers: The Figure of the Indian Immigrant Woman of Colonial Malaya
The act of understanding our construction as agents and subjects of social processes is itself a kind of intervention in the creation of exclusive knowledge systems. Perhaps the greatest difficulty lies in relating the ideological to the experiential;...
Intimate Visibilities
My work as an artist investigates female subjectivity and the body, exploring ways visually to represent the notion of 'otherness', using video/performance and installation. Using video to engage with the body and narrative, controlled viewpoints and...
Living on the Ground Research: Steps towards White Women Researching in Collaboration with Indigenous People
The time and the need has come for all of us who are concerned with social justice to sit down and talk to each other to devise ways and means of creating a common language so that the meanings of our words do not become lost in reinterpreting...
Moving beyond Otherness: Exploring the Polyvocal Subjectivities of African Caribbean Women across the United Kingdom
This paper highlights some of the key issues in my doctoral study on the ethnic, gendered and national subjectivities of African Caribbean women in Britain. It argues that despite the negative legacy of Anglo/Eurocentric meta-discourses, African Caribbean...
Negotiating Passages: Asian and Black Women's Writing in Britain
To be Black and British is to be unnamed in official discourse. The construction of a national British identity is built upon a notion of a racial belonging, upon a hegemonic white ethnicity that never speaks its presence. We are told that you can...
Protocols, Political Correctness and Discomfort Zones: Indigenous Life Writing and Non-Indigenous Editing
The emergence of the genre of autobiographical writing by Indigenous Australian women, often categorised as life writing, is a distinctive phenomenon of the Australian publishing scene of the past thirty-five years. It has particular implications for...
Speaking Positions on Indigenous Violence
The aim of this paper is to take the issue of violence in Indigenous communities and demonstrate the contestation in speaking positions. Within the debates on violence, some voices are heard while the majority, which happen to be those of Indigenous...
The Taniwha's Exile: The Exclusion of Maori Women from Environmental Policy and Decision-Making in Aotearoa/New Zealand
A main theme of this paper is notions of marginalisation, exclusion and alienation (exile), and what those might mean for Maori and particularly Maori women and their whanau/families. It is concerned with how Maori might encounter these in their lives,...
Towards 'A Postcolonial Practice of Writing'
The following dialogue has been woven together after a few months of email exchanges with Margaret Somerville in 2002. This was a curious way to hold a discussion with a writer so interested in questions of embodiment and relationship to place. Without...
When Is Aboriginal Aboriginal Too Much? (Not a Hump but a Historical Speed Bump)
Everybody is scandalised by the slogan on Richard Bell's T-shirt: 'White Girls Can't Hump.' It is condemnable because it is racist and it offends women, they say. But behind this there might be another story. It would have almost certainly been OK...
Writing the Morality of Gentlemen
This book was my first novel. It came out in 1984, several years after I finished it and it was hard to get it published. It's always worth talking about the conditions of literary production because we tend to think books just pop out of the publishing...
WWW.Army.Gov.Au: 'First World' Militaries Imagining 'Third World' Civil Societies
This paper is part of a larger project on anti-Americanism in Australia, particularly as anti-American discourses have functioned in Australian media since September 11, 2001, in relation to issues of national defence and international security. In...
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