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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, October

About Lores
A Few Facts In Brisbane in the 1930s men didn't swear in front of women. And women tried to refrain from swearing in front of men. When Lores Bonney, pioneer 'aviatrix,' accused Charles Kingsford Smith of using 'bar-room' language to her I expected...
A Day in the Dreams of Dulcie Downe
I have to go." "What?" "I . . . I . . . have to go . . . check on the paperwork. Make sure everything's ok." "Jeff, don't go!" "What difference does it make? It's going to be alright." A telephone ring jabbed away persistently. Dulcie didn't want...
Editorial
This issue of Hecate is devoted more exclusively than usual to literary (and the associated political) questions: fiction, poetry, a playscript; and articles either on particular writers and literary texts or on questions of interest to women's liberation...
From Lesbian Nation to Queer Nation
Bonnie Zimmerman interviewed by Susan Sayer in San Diego, November 15th, 1994 In 1973 Jill Johnston's Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution(1) was published with the following dedication: This book is for my mother who should've been a lesbian And...
Intervening in a Male-Dominated Field: 'The River Ophelia', the Brat Pack and Social Realism
Despite the way The River Ophelia has been written about by the dominant reading group, it was not my intention to write or to author it as a social realist novel. But before I go on to suggest a possible reading of my book that presents it as an anti-realist...
Jar
Tomorrow, I get sacked. The jar and I understand what this means, and what then needs to be done. And done quickly. I remove my coat. I glance at the clock. Eleven. I take a good look at the jar. It is my favourite in this antique shop. I polish it every...
Justine Ettler: 'The River Ophelia.'(The River Ophelia: Four Views)
Justine Ettler's The River Ophelia asks questions about sex and power in a postmodern, postfeminist, urban world. Those questions are not new ones, and her central character, Justine's, experience of being "fucked over" has painful resonances with the...
Long Black Hair: I Remember
For Dora, my mother and Steph, my daughter. My mother showed me her long black hair, plaited, in a plastic bag. I gave in to the pressure. To look modern, to look Australian. I was your age. In another plastic bag was her mother's long grey hair, plaited....
Pie in the Pure Land: A Meeting in the 'Sweet Bye and Bye.' (Play)
(An Historical Play for Radio) Preface This play is about a meeting between three historical actors who never met: Emma Goldman, Kanno Suga and Kaneko Fumiko. Thus, for reasons to be explained, it is, and is not, History. The first draft was written...
Queering 'The River Ophelia.'(The River Ophelia: Four Views)
Today I'm presenting an alternate re-vision of The River Ophelia in an attempt to overcome some of the stagnant assumptions and ideologies contained within this text. The blurb claims The River Ophelia "explores the uncharted waters of female desire,...
Sex, Writing, and 'The River Ophelia.'(The River Ophelia: Four Views)
What I'd like to do is make a few comments about the cultural context for the reception of The River Ophelia; to try and locate it in some way as to explicate why terms like 'shocking,' 'scandal,' or the more literary version, 'transgressive' seem to...
Spells
Christina and Melissa live together with Christina's four children and Melissa's black cat. Christina used to live with Denis. She lived with him for fifteen years. Life with Denis was very tiring. Her energy went into the washing machine with the clothes;...
Taslima Nasrin: Tales of Shame
I'm going to move ahead Behind me my whole family is calling, my child is pulling at my sari-end my husband stands blocking the door, but I will go. There is nothing ahead but a fiver I will cross. [Taslima Nasrin, "Border," translated by Caroline Wright...
'The Times They Are A'changin.' (Realism in Australian Literature)
After much thought I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the concept of the Realist Writers' Groups and the Realist magazine is an expression of sectarian trends of separatism long prevalent amongst Australian communists and left wing supporters....
To Be a Bird
I'm too skinny for the sea. Dugongs and seals and whales are covered in fat. The sea is cold and I'm no fish. It's cold, a cold as clear as glass. My feet shrink from the water but still I plod along the wet sand, toenails shells, and all I hear is...
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