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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1-2, May-November

And So within, Without: Reflections on a Writing Career
Pam Giblin responds to questions from Deb Jordan Why did you start to write? And when did you start to write? At the end of the 1980s things began to change. The cusp into the Age of Aquarius had begun. The Cold War had ended and with it came a new...
Climate Lived and Contested: Narratives of Mallee Women, Drought and Climate Change
Usually a wife sees the drought in different terms to the men ... No-one feels comfortable. They all withdraw into themselves. Maree Ryan, 2004(1) Michel Foucault once wrote of Man as a figure drawn in sand at the ocean's edge, soon to be erased by an...
Contributors
Deborah Anderson now teaches in Journalism at Monash UniversiW, Melbourne, after a decade with the Age. Having created a new oral history collection on drought for Museum Victoria, Deb's next project on the experience of climatic extremes will take her...
Editorial: A Changing Climate?
Climate change debate in Australia has roused the traditional enmities of left and right, social justice versus corporate and capitalist might, but these battlegrounds are being expanded beyond the familiar (intersectional) concerns with gender, race,...
From Caloundra to Barcelona: Aileen Palmer's Sense of Place
Introduction The Palmers were all writers. A close-knit family, Nettie and Vance instilled their passion for words in their two daughters from an early age--through poetry, songs and stories, and through their own example. Wherever they were--and they...
Gesceap
shape (n.) Old English gesceap "creation, form, destiny," from root of shape (v). Meaning "contours of the body" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "condition, state" is first recorded 1865, American English. In Middle English, the...
Nature and the Uncanny in Christina Stead's the Rightangled Creek
The Australian author Christina Stead (1902-1983) lived in the United States from 1937 to 1946, and her novella, "The Rightangled Creek," which appeared in the collection, The Puzzleheaded Girl (1967), draws on some of her experiences from this time....
Practising Disobedience: Feminist Politics in the Academy
The question now facing Women's Studies, it seems to me, is the extent to which she has, in the past decade, matured into the dutiful daughter of the white patriarchal university--a daughter who threw tantrums and played the tomboy when...
Seeing Solutions Not Problems: Personal Empowerment in the Fight for the Earth
It was a huge eye opener for a girl straight out of an expensive private school; ending up in jail within weeks of finishing year twelve certainly opened up a new perspective on the world. A group of protesters trying to save the old growth forests in...
The Fierce Earth: "Michael Field's" Pagan Politics
Nature will never bear it: the fierce earth Will rend the foreign, sacrilegious hands As a great mastiff, humble to his lord, Is fatal to the fondling wayfarer. (Michael Field, William Rufus I.i.1-5) If there is a truism to the worlds...
The Krill Issue
My room at Casey Station has a small single bed and a little desk. I am in a building called the Red Shed which looks like a shipping container on the outside but on the inside is surprisingly civilised, rather like a ski lodge. I am relieved not to...
The Wild Poet's Manifesto
The wild poet sows seeds. She is a creatrix of the mind, of the multidimensional world folded like a fractal. The wild poet takes craft seriously. She comes to it late having had to live before she could write. There are experiences to have, languages...
Towards a New Environmental Ethic in Contemporary Feminist Theory
This article explores how new materialist feminism, a recent development in feminist theory, builds on ecofeminist philosophy. It argues that, like later ecofeminist work new materialist feminism disrupts the gendered dualities of nature/culture, animal/human...
Vera Deacon: A Pen Portrait Part 1: 1926-1946
Vera Frances Pember was born on 19 July 1926, (1) not far from the banks of the Hunter River at Nurse Whiteman's lying-in hospital on Hanbury Street, Mayfield, in the industrial heart of the city of Newcastle, known as Coal River to the early colonists...
Writing Secrets: Vera's Violin Case
This essay is about Elizabeth Jolley's Vera trilogy: the novels My Father's Moon, Cabin Fever, and The Georges' Wife. These novels, seen as the most autobiographical of Jolley's works, were published in 1989, 1990, and 1993 respectively, but they were...
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