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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 2, November 30

Ania Walwicz: A Non Anglo-Celtic Australian Writer
A recent statement on the distinction between modernism and post-modernism emphasises the former as being propelled by anti-authoritarianism and the latter, post-modernism, as characterised by anti-homogenisation.(1)Within Australia, on the very eve...
A "'Vert to Australianism": Beatrice Grimshaw and the Bicentenary
Cloona[gh] House, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, Ireland, Nov. 1979. "One Sunday morning, while on me way to mass/I met a bloody Orangeman and killed him for his pass/I killed him for his pass me boys and sent his soul to hell/and when he came back he had a strange...
Bicentennial Preliminaries: Aboriginal Women, Newspapers and the Politics of Culture
Now that Aborigines are becoming more politically powerful, a certain proximity has been forced on white Australians, a cultural and political proximity to a race which hitherto has been kept distant. Political issues such as land-rights, access to medical,...
Editorial
This issue of Hecate, while sub-titled `The Counter-Bicentenary issue' doesn't contain very different material from usual. But we can assure those readers who, like us, are boycotting the Bicentenary because of what `celebrating' it represents (by and...
"Firing on in the Mind": Aboriginal Women Domestic Servants in the Inter-War Years
In attempting to present evidence of our true situation we are furiously attacked by white Australians...going back 200 years..the past is finished!...Yet kill [our] mother, rape [our] land, psychologically attack and keep [us] in a powerless position...
Malingering
1.This city is a mapa point in a map of cities sailing clear off the straight edge of the known, flat world. The idea of infinity is sudden and full of female holes, told to me by the amorphous green knitting of my mother; from the city to the country...
Marriage
She lingered long in the Supermarket, walking up and down past the cereals. So many choices. Some offered the chance of a free trip to Hawaii, others More For Money. Many were in attractive packages with cellophane wrappers. Such an important decision....
Qualitative Methods? Reading Recent Australian Women's Fiction
His words were oddly craven: he said that women were represented qualitatively, not quantitatively in his journal, but they had brought out a book of poetry by a woman. I didn't think that having to speak unusually distinctively in order to get a word...
Reminiscence
Savitha sat looking out of the window in a pensive mood. Her room was situated diagonally opposite to the class room where she taught her students Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Bessie Head's Maru. When there was leisure, the students shouted at the...
Re-Presenting Jean Devanny
Carole Ferrier talks to Cathy Millard at the IVth Australian History and Film Conference in Brisbane in December 4, about her recently-released film Point of Departure.CF: Cathy, what made you first decide you'd like to make a film about Jean Devanny?CM:...
Stripping the Bed Bare. Again
A former student rang me a few months ago to ask if I would write a catalogue essay for an art exhibition. She said that the theme of the exhibition was sexuality and the title was to be "Stripping the Bed Bare". The words set off a string of memories...
Teaching Courses in Black Women's Fiction in Australia: Some Observations
Den when we start to shoutbout a culture o we owna language o we owna identity o we owndem an de others dey leave to control us saySTOP THAT NONSENSE NOWWe're all British!(1)Black women's writing is almost always marginalised or, more usually, totally...
The Ant-Woman
No woman lives for ever, up there in the bush you turn into an ant or a spider and go crawling up the trees towering above the country. That is, if Marngit, our tribal healer, is about to help you. He never fails to see you through, though it happens...
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Ways of Seeing and Speaking about Aboriginal Women: I. Black Women and Documentary Film
Until fairly recently women in traditional Aboriginal society have been rendered invisible by male historians and anthropologists located within a male dominated profession constituted by a patriarchal society. As Annette Hamilton comments:white observers...
Ways of Seeing and Speaking about Aboriginal Women: Ii. Shy Maids and Wanton Strumpets
Tracey Moffat's Nice Coloured Girls is an account of three young Aboriginal women `cruising' the Cross for a night of diversion at the expense of a boorish and predatory white man. They lead their `Captain' through their regular round of expensive haunts,...
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