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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1/2, 2015

About That Flag
He might shouldn't have done that, people said, the double-conditional being a quirky locution heard frequently in the South. He might should've done that anywhere but in a church and during a prayer meeting, others said, the use of the double-conditional...
A Fragmented Life: Writing Intergenerational Trauma in Morgan Yasbincek's Liv
You are not what you think you are. I am the loss of my culture. (Yasbincek 57)IntroductionCritical analysis of Morgan Yasbincek's liv (2000) has been limited, though the novel was short-listed for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2000,...
"A Meaningful Freedom": Women, Work and the Promise of Modernity in a Reading of the Letters of Raden Adjeng Kartini (Java) Alongside Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career (Australia)
Now, more than a century after the writing discussed in this article, RA Kartini1 and Miles Franklin are celebrated in their countries of origin where their names are linked with international first-wave feminism's vision of a women's right to education,...
Angeliki
In my family there were eight of us. My brother George died when he was mauled by a wild boar as he slept in his crib on the verandah. Katerina died when she got sick with the flu and was too weak from poverty to fight it. My father was starved and worked...
A Woman's Place
1.For a centurynone of the women in the caretaker's cottageof the Cataract Gorge in Launcestonmade much of a stir - unless it was to tend soup.Maggie and Martha, Alice and Rosiewere helpmeets in the Biblical sense.While their men tended the public paths...
Body, Violence and Space: Anne Devlin's "Naming the Names"
Naming is a form of rewriting "history," erasing traces of past lives, burying dissenting versions, and refashioning memory. This is often the prerogative of those holding economic and political power; a prerogative, however, that seldom remains uncontested.(Begona...
Editorial
On Australia Day of 2015, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year. Batty's twelve-year-old son, Luke, was murdered by his father in Melbourne in early 2014, while he played cricket with his friends. Since that day, when...
"I Am Not That Girl": Disturbance, Creativity, Play, Echoes, Liminality, Self-Reflection and Stream of Consciousness in Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is an unstoppable, seemingly inchoate, yet rhythmic, carefully formed and overwhelming outpouring. It is a non-memoir, non-autobiographical, first-person narrative, and its form of language is as captured in liminality as...
In the Land of Mer
The Land of Mer1She is home now, in the depth of murky green water, no longer holding on to the belief that she will transcend her own inability to be human and walk as one who has an eternity. This is a story of not being seen, of not being heard and...
Living "Willfully": The Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony of "Michael Field" by the Smutt River
Willful parts: hands which are not handy. This book has been full of such parts, wayward parts: parts that will not budge, that refuse to participate, parts that keep coming up, when they are not even supposed to be. (Ahmed, Willful Subjects 194)In Willful...
March of Little Magazines
The counter culture days bred many myths. Charles Simic recently recalled "the biggest and most illustrious gathering" of poets, a conference in the United States in 1968 ending in a grand fisticuffs between warring factions (Simic "The Great Poets'...
Matrilineal Narratives: Learning from Voices and Objects
It is not difficult to start a conversation about the objects of matrilineal nurture and care across generations of women. Invariably we find that most people have "a something" or even "a non-thing." It may be a photograph, an object, or a story. Or...
Narratives of the "Not-So-Good Nurse": Rewriting Nursing's Virtue Script
IntroductionIf there is a grand narrative about nursing - still predominantly a female profession (Jones and Gates; Snyder and Green) - a story that both nurses and non-nurses tell, it is the idea of "the good nurse." This hegemonic discourse is not...
Playing against Type: Approaches to Genre in the Work of Helen Garner and Kate Jennings
If you cross borders regularly you do not really have to defend them. (Brian Castro, Looking for Estrellita 122)Australian authors Helen Garner and Kate Jennings walk the perilous, thrilling and disconcerting line between fiction and non-fiction, reality...
The Handcuffs
She sits across from me, at the laminated table.Head bent, with distant tired eyes.Her rheumatoid beaten hands clutching her teacup.She's got her cotton apron on, a uniform.Her formal status ... half-caste Melanesian maid.Proud, strong.The air thick,...
Traumatic Cosmopolitanism: Eleanor Dark and the World at War
[A] traumatic cosmopolitanism becomes readily visible when we remember that many of these new communities of writers and artists were formed in the exigencies of displacement, expulsion, self-chosen exile, and bitter political choice. Under such pressures,...
Why Do We Close the Door on Domestic Violence?
It's a Monday evening, the sky is gracefully passing through its twilight phase and I've spent the last hour in the kitchen, baking melting moments. My girlfriend comes out of the study, exhausted from marking, just as I'm taking the cookies out of the...
Zadie Smith's "White Knuckle Ride": From "Black Woman Writer" to "Acclaimed Novelist and Critic"
The title of this paper is drawn from two separate publications relating to Zadie Smith. "White Knuckle Ride" was the title of an interview conducted with Smith that appeared in the Guardian newspaper in December 2000, as publicity for the author and...
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