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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1/2, 2013

A Tallith of One's Own (a Meditation on Derrida's Silkworm)
... the tallithfoldscoversveilsthreadsknownand unknownconcealed in his palmthe palm of the great eyeflames, lamps, glint of goldthe almond consumed by fireshrouding the murmur of feeble speechThe life of a tallith-, which is not mine, the tallith of...
Bunny Men
On a borrowed bicycle I'm cutting through a bumt-out field. In the distance I can see two old men-one short, and one tall and skinny- carrying big bunches of weeds like bouquets draped in their arms. They are walking towards me as if in slow motion....
Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University
[S]ince the point of invasion in 1788... the 'concept of Aboriginality' and 'what an Aboriginal is' has been an ongoing construction of the colonisers, an imposed definition... We as Blackfellas are still expected by many to remain static as Aboriginal...
Dog Breath
The lights at the entrance to the Underground turned the puddle on the bitumen blue. I watched the calm of its surface ripple as I put my right boot in, and shatter with one more step. Then we were across the road and I braced myself. Mum said it was...
Editorial
Our previous issue had a focus upon the environment and since then climate change has been much in the news, embarrassingly for the majority of Australians because the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has been very visible particularly around the...
Elizabeth Gould, Zoological Artist 1840-1848: Unsettling Critical Depictions of John Gould's 'Laborious Assistant' and 'Devoted Wife'
During an eleven-year career (1830-1841) as a sketcher, painter and lithographer, Elizabeth Gould designed and composed more than 650 hand-coloured lithographic plates of birds: these included the 50 birds depicted in Charles Darwin's ornithology section...
From Mary Magdalene and All That Stuff
29. Choose meThe privilege of operating a flyingMachine is great.The Hakatha, Laws of the Babylonians.Ran dodges floating crystal ballsfull of soulsjostling in study-hallsto earn dazzling points of lightinsignia of esoteric meritall keen to qualifybe...
From: Surviving Peace: A Political Memoir
My life, as is the case for many survivors, is divided into two parts: before the war, and after the war. References to my life are captured in this timeline as I am trapped and tom between the present and the past. I try to make sense of war experiences...
How Miles Franklin "Queered a Queer's Party"
As "paradoxical as a platypus"; a combination of "Mrs Pankhurst and Mary Poppins"; a vivaciously "fascinating little rascal" (Roe 533, 568, 172). Such endearments by colleagues, friends, and suitors alike of the effusive Stella Miles Franklin allude...
Laying the Foundations of a Writer's Life: Dymphna Cusack (1902-81)
I believe that a writer should be in the vanguard of society, analysing her community, its influence on people, and describing through her characters its benign or malign results. I am a socialist, believing that no country or individual should own less...
Monstrous Fantasies: Reinforcing Rape Culture in Fiona McIntosh's Fantasy Novels
Representing rape as wrong, and not avoiding the violence of it, has been the focus of many feminists' work for the past forty years. Various rape theorists have provided deconstructive analyses of how legal and media genres, as well as romance novels...
Next Time You Get the Fruit
From whereThe stories I have written are true. The events which I have written about did happen to the members of my family. When I sat down to write these vignettes, I wrote about each person and highlighted a particular episode in each of their lives...
Peewit
The noise-big boats at the marina, refrigerated trucksa restaurant on the waterfrontwhite privilege talking about itself,a writers' lunch ...A celebrated writer and his booklisteners hooked on history made palatablelike the meal laid out before usfat...
Subverting the Rhetoric of Assimilation: Ella Cara Deloria (Dakota) in the 1920s
Ella Deloria (1889-1971) is best known today as a distinguished scholar of ethnology and Lakota linguistics. Working with the trailblazers of American cultural anthropology, Deloria's contribution to fieldwork ethnology was unique. In addition to her...
The Literary Dawn : Re-Reading Louisa Lawson's Poetry and Politics
"Woman is not uncompleted man but diverse," says Tennyson, and being diverse, why should she not have her journal in which her divergent hopes, aims and opinions may have representation.(Lawson, "About Ourselves" 1).Scholarship on Louisa Lawson and the...
The New Tenant
I have my Frida Kahlo posters on the wall: self-portraits with batwinged eyebrows staring down. I think, maybe a rug for the floor, a red and white one with fringes and a couple of cushions so I can sprawl there at night, turning the lamp down to the...
The Sock Seller's Socks, the Plum Picker's Plums
The sock-seller is making me laugh as I stroll and he struts through Skopje city park. The sock-seller in his crocodile shoes, always a pointed toe's length in front, telling me his wise-fool, guest-worker stories from Germany; about the lies he had...
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