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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, May

Editorial
This issue has a strong emphasis upon literary and cultural representations of women and the feminine. How do we locate feminism in fictional texts by women? How do we figure the pleasure of women readers where the narratives they consume turn upon...
Forming Feminism: Structure and Ideology in Charades and 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye'
Some months ago I gave a paper on a postmodern work by a female author and, during the subsequent discussion, several people took issue with the ways in which the author portrayed female characters. Their implication was that these portraits of characters...
Islam, Women and Australia's Cultural Discourse of Terror
Now it will be a case of, is that a kilo of C-4 in your pants or are you pleased to see me? (1) The debate about how Islam situates women's rights has proven to be an enduring one. (2) The struggle of women within Islamic societies, notably the...
Marie Bjelke Petersen's 'Virile Story': Jewelled Nights, Gender Instability, and the Bush
Introduction The older man looked him over silently for some moments, before saying, with a slight change of manner, 'Ever feel kind of -- lonesome around here in the evenings?' The boy moved suddenly. 'No -- oh no - I - I - generally go to bed...
Media Implosion: Posthuman Bodies at the Interface
In keeping with the rhetoric of technology as a dehumanizing force, the participant in communication technologies has often been interpreted as passive in the information network. In this context, engagements with electronic forms of communication...
Modernity and the White Imaginary in Australian Feminist Theatre
In her book The Gender of Modernity, Rita Feiski argues for a reassessment of the significance of women and the feminine in the history of modernity. Changes in women's lives--and feminism itself--are manifestations of modernity even though concepts...
Out of Type: Bessie Mitchell (Guthrie) and Viking Press (1939-44)
This article seeks to re-evaluate women's roles and significance within Australian book publishing, especially during its formative years from 1931-73. Such a revision not only challenges the traditional view of publishing as an 'occupation for gentlemen',...
The 'Heterosexualisation' of Sadism and Masochism
When initially researching this article, I intended to examine the myth of female masochism and how this is employed, problematised and reinvented in female Gothic and feminist detective fiction. But as I began the research I realised that this myth...
The Right Language for Rape
The sphere of language has become a privileged domain in which to interrogate the causes and effects of social injustice. (1) What is the right language to resist rape? Why is the language women use during rape frequently considered to be the wrong...
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