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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, 2016

A Feminist Revolt from Within: Angela Carter's Excessiveness in the Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
IntroductionAngela Carter's The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972) is a work of feminist postmodernist parody. The novel breaks down the active male/passive female dichotomy by presenting readers with an array of female characters who,...
'Bad Girls Get Raped, Good Girls Go to Heaven': Sexuality and Respectability in Sefi Atta's Everything Good Will Come
From the beginning I believed whatever I was told, downright lies even, about how best to behave, although I had my own inclinations. (Enitan in Everything Good Will Come 7)1This paper explores the way in which assumptions of female bodyhood, femininity...
Cover Art: Natalya Hughes
Natalya Hughes is best known for works that explore feminism and art history, and borrow from the tradition of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Produced from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, these prints portrayed the fleeting pleasures...
Editorial
This issue of Hecate, as will the one to follow (43.1), prints some papers from the "Excess, Desire and Twentieth to Twenty-First Century Women's Writing" conference held at The University of Queensland in February 2017.A common feature of the articles...
Excess of Affect: In Translation
We are firmly in the territory of excess. Anger and violence are in the air: whether it be Pankaj Mishra's latest book titled The Age of Anger or Hecate's 2015 special issue on violence against women (41.1&2). And indeed the connection between the...
I Desire, Therefore I Am: South Asian Feminist Revisionism on Women's Forbidden Desires
IntroductionCorporeal feminism has challenged patriarchal shaming and sexual objectification of the female body, normalising and privileging the male body in science and healthcare, appearance anxiety, disordered eating, and such philosophical chauvinist...
'I Find New Things I'd Forgotten I Needed': Consumption, Domesticity and Home Renovation
"I find new things I'd forgotten I needed:TV cables, batteries, bags of sand-everything is useful-"("The Physiognomy of Fixing" by Jennifer Harrison)Domestic space, in contemporary home improvement culture, is always a site of desire and of excess. It...
My France
I've never been to France, but it pops up in my dreams every now and then, like an old friend back in town for a few days. I'll wake up in the morning with the details a little hazy, but with one clear thought: I dreamt I was in France last night.It's...
'Out of Control': Excess, Desire and Agency in Female Drug Writing
IntroductionAddiction will be our question: a certain type of "Being-on-drugs" that has everything to do with the bad conscience of our era . . . To gain access to the question of "Being-on-drugs" we have to go the way of literature [and] the pharmacodependency...
The Potential for Excess in the Toxic Nature of Gendered Power in the Production of Cinema
ProlegomenonWhat follows is an initially personal reflection occasioned by the resurfacing of the scandal around the anal rape scene from Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972). The revelations of the intentionality of the scene on an unwitting...
This Girl Came to Our School
There was a girl came to our boarding school whose home was in Java. Her name was Josepha-Josepha de Vries. She was small with delicate wrists and ankles; her eyes, soft and dark, were mostly downcast above high cheekbones and her full mouth drooped...
'Unlovely and Unloving': An Introduction to Dorothy Blewett's 1949 Story 'This Girl Came to Our School'
If poetry is emotion recollected in tranquility, then this short story might well be described as the burden of guilt erupting from deeply-repressed memories.The tense and well-paced story is a recollection told from the point of view of the woman whose...
Waist
The waist is back!Waste not, want not,now we have the figure -tapered, corsetted, belted.Hands around the waistare better than around the neck -more romantic, comforting and safer too.Waist-ties beat neck-ties any day -calling attention, finishing a...
With Animal: Exceeding the 'Absent Referent' through Maternity
This paper explores the little-known short story collection With Animal (2015) published by New York independent publishers Black Lawrence Press. The work presents a speculative revisiting of the excesses of the maternity text, through an old idea: play...
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