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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, 2014

Auto-Da-Fay: Fay Weldon's Cosmopolitan Feminism in Her Autobiographical Writings
In the American edition of Fay Weldon's The Life and Loves of a SheDevil (which differs substantially from the original British edition), Ruth Patchett, the woebegone eponymous protagonist, finds herself abandoned by her husband, who has left her penniless...
Baby and Demon: Woman and the Artist in the Poetry of Gwen Harwood
Late in 1961, when Gwen Harwood was beginning to gain recognition as a poet, she wrote to her friend and fellow poet Vincent Buckley that her poetic gift was "hateful" to her: "I would rather have been happy," she told him (Steady Storm 136, emphasis...
Editorial
Recently, the Swedish Women's Lobby announced a landmark project, in which We Should All Be Feminists (2015), by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is to be distributed to all Swedish secondary school students in 2016 and incorporated into the...
Fragments of a Life in Letters: The Elusive Gwen Harwood
you loved to lieand swearyou were good at itand far too intelligentto suffer fools gladly (Nicolette Stasko)Almost twenty years after her death, no biography of Australian poet and librettist Gwen Harwood (1920-1995) has been published, despite her having...
Gender in Purple Threads: An Interview with Jeanine Leane
Jeanine Leane is Wiradjuri woman from Southwest New South Wales. She has a doctorate in literature and Aboriginal representation, and a long career in the high school system and university system. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian...
Girl's Own Adventure
When we were together, Amir would get out of bed in the morning, without apprehension, and do pull-ups from a bar in the door frame. He counted as he exhaled so the numbers came out muffled and pained."Onph...tnph...threnph..." and so on.Then he'd have...
In Memoriam: Women, War and Communal Lament
"For us, whose sons are going, the vital thread is snapped."(Käthe Kollwitz, 27 August 1914)In his influential study Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning, published in 1995, historian Jay Winter finds in European landscapes and artworks traces of "the...
Mis-Conception
The first barnacle appears two inches to the left of her navel. And now, inside her house, the water rises. Neap tide in the kitchen, shin deep. Saucepans boat through chair legs, this one a sea captain's hat for a child, that one a queen's crown. Capillary...
Not All Legacies Are an Act of Generosity
Scribbled this on a napkin at the coffee shop this morning. Might be able to use it in something. It just seemed to come from nowhere. I think I may have dreamt it.He sits on the green couch. The arms are white vinyl and dirty from the vegemite fingers...
Placing Sociality, Intimacy, Authority: Dorothy Hewett in the Biographical Frame
Prominent British biographer Hermione Lee declares that "the telling of narrative life-stories is the dominant mode of our times" (17). But how much does an individual life matter? How and where should its significance be weighed? In beginning work on...
The Garden
Last night I was in the garden of love. There, behind St Martin's chapel, along Zion Road, where it lies quiet between grey walls. I played there as a child, and when the evening came and the chapel's arches began to throw their sprawling shadows on...
The Night Witches
Anna:An owl kills in utter silence. I saw one beside the airfield, the great wings outspread, slowly falling and rising with a small shape dangling from its mouth. We are like those owls, stealth hunters of the night. Our prey have another name for us.Pah!...
The Woman Who Loved Those Yanks: The Facts and Fictions of Maureen C. Meadows and Her 'Narration of That Desire'
IntroductionAn estimated one million troops passed through Brisbane during the Second World War ("We've Said 'Hello, Goodbye' To A Million Doughboys Since Japan Struck"). It was "friendly invasion" (Connors et al. 141) that, socially and culturally,...
Women and Men and Public Space: Hilda Rix Nicholas and Henri Matisse in Morocco
Oh how you would have loved being with me Today in the big Soko ... camels with their humps discretely covered by decorative striped rugs & straw mats & baskets gaily draped Horses and mules, with gay trappings -patient wee gray donkeys bearing...
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