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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 2, November

Aborigines Have Different Ideas about Property
There is a man on your train with one eye like a fish. Bloody and fishy like they are, the fish all slapped up together at the market. Shiny and soulless like they are, the sides of their raw wet heads. You can hardly stop looking at it, it's so...
A 'Red Revolutionist and Ranter': Jean Devanny in the Early 1930s
You are our heroine, comrade good and true Sweet and so noble, pure right through and through Fighting so gallantly 'gainst capitalistic laws Suff'ring as Red Rosa did for the workers' cause.(1) 'Jean Devanny of the "struggle", leather-coated figure...
Argy Bargy
An academic supervisor says I use 'often' too often. He says you should use often only sometimes as it is a rather vague term. You should never use often as I do - always. I say I don't use often always, but yet more than sometimes because it's a useful...
Articulating the Future and the Past: Gender, Race and Globalisation in One Nation's Self-Construction
(Racial) discourse invariably draws on a cultural density of prior representations that are recast in new form; ... racism appears at once as a return to the past as it harnesses itself to progressive projects; ... scholars can never decide among themselves...
A Story Well Told
'Your grandfather fell in love with me the first time we met. I was just a girl.' The love story of Giovanni and Lucia, in the early 1900s in Sicily is as familiar to their grand-daughter, young Lucia, as the taste of fresh bread and olives. ...
'Bandit Queen' through Indian Eyes: The Reconstructions and Reincarnations of Phoolan Devi
Located at the intersection of gender and caste oppression, women in rural India have for centuries generated their own coping mechanisms of compromise and challenge. Phoolan Devi has come to symbolise an extreme, not necessarily of oppression but...
Circumstantial Ambiguity: Dreaming De Beauvoir
What possessed you, Simone de Beauvoir, to devote yourself to the world of the masculine, though your project was to annihilate everything that it had led women to accept? A simmering beau voir, your name might have said it all, woman on the fringe...
Editorial
Hecate's twenty-fifth birthday is almost upon us. And we have an adopted sister, the Australian Women's Book Review, ten years old this year. Hecate began in 1975. It seemed like a good idea at the time; it was International Women's Year and we even...
Egg Stories
I once slept with a boy who had a sewn-up navel. 'That's odd,' I said. 'How come you've got no navel?"I'm a surfer,' he said. He was also a rich boy who ran one of his daddy's chain of jewellery stores. 'It stuck out,' he said, 'and rubbed on the board.'...
Gununa Is the Land of My Dreams That's Rich in Culture with Its Background
Elsie Roughsey, or Labumore in her native Lardil, is most well-known in the greater Australian community for her book, An Aboriginal Mother Tells of the Old and the New (McPhee Gribble/Penguin, 1984), an autobiographical account of the traditions and...
Her Kind
Anne sat bolt upright in her pebble bed at the bottom of the Brisbane river and stretched out her long thin arms. She yawned and a couple of frogs slid out her mouth. A school of trout, hungry and bored, noticed something bright as a fluro light but...
'Lovable Natives' and 'Tribal Sisters': Feminism, Maternalism, and the Campaign for Aboriginal Citizenship in New South Wales in the Late 1930s
The NSW Aborigines Protection Board had administered the gazettal, management, leasing, and revocation of reserve lands, the distribution of rations, and the control and dispersal of the Aboriginal population since the late nineteenth century. Growing...
Nothing like the Real Thing: (Post)colonialism and Travelling
It took me several years to be able to explain - as a young, white working class woman critic - why (post)colonialism is unsettling. I had to leave Australia and set some distance between the work that I was doing on race and colonial violence, and...
Singing the Revolution Blues for Alice
I. In one of the dead giveaways, she never wore dresses, ever. But you might easily have said she was just covering up those lucky legs of hers (lucky they don't snap off and stick halfway up your arse!). Blackfella shanks. 'Razor legs' the American...
The Dress
On the clothesline is hanging a small, wet dress. The cut is simple - short sleeves attached to a straight bodice and a skirt which flares for a full 360 [degrees] from the waistband. It is a dress in which you could dance and twirl with pleasure,...
The Healing Powers of Your Average Suburban Lawn
The neatness of a freshly cut lawn is as peaceful as a church outdoors. The roof has gone missing. We throw up our hands as high as clouds to sing: 'The world is blue and warm.' A job well done and the grass is young and vulnerable. The wind...
Wanted
Housekeeper for dynamic household. Minimum qualification, degree in psychology. Counselling skills advantageous. To begin in the kitchen, the cupboards live in a state of increasing accumulated chaos. They never remember what they need, overstock,...
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