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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1/2, November 30

An Interview with Wanda Coleman and Jeanie Bell: CAROLE FERRIER TALKS TO WANDA COLEMAN AND JEANIE BELL ABOUT RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN AUSTRALIA
CF: I was wondering, Jeanie, how important you felt it was that there's been this historically enormously high level of unemployment of Aborigines in Australia; if that's one of the things producing the situation of powerlessness.JB: Oh, I think it's...
Belly of the Beast
Late on Christmas morning we drove east into the Nevada desert and right into the belly of the beast. For twenty-four hours, day became indistinguishable from night. Then we were disgorged, looking pretty much the same, flesh intact, skins maybe a shade...
Beth's Story
beth always took buses whenever she had to go somewhere. or she walked. she was used to walking. long distances. people walked everywhere when she was a child. because there wasn't any other transport. because they didn't have the money for the fare....
Black Women Poets Speak
A REVIEW OF A DANGEROUS KNOWING: FOUR BLACK WOMEN POETS BY BARBARA BURFORD, JACKIE KAY, GRACE NICHOLS AND GABRIELA PEARSE (LONDON: SHEBA FEMINIST PUBLISHERS).This book is a gift.In these days when the Black woman's voice is being choked down under the...
"Don't Ask for the True Story": A Memoir of Bessie Head
Don't ask for the true story;why do you need it?...[T]he true story is viciousand multiple and untrueafter all. Why do youneed it? Don't everask for the true story.The facts of this world seen clearlyare seen through tears;why tell me thenthere is something...
Editorial
In producing an issue which focuses centrally on racism and the situation of Black and Migrant women we have encountered a range of political and theoretical questions about the economic and cultural contexts of perceptions of race and racial difference...
Fat
i'm fat mae west tall and mighty clothes for big men dresses for big girls i'm fat i'm really here fat arms fat legs big statue painted ladies rolling breasts big mountains big feet solid on earth i feel better i won't disappear i'm big i fill space...
Getting Past Rhetoric
Somewhere between these statements, the first representing a frequently-voiced common sense and the second a wistfully masculine desire, falls a shadow. Shadows tend to hide or make mysterious, and this one can be said to mask a contradiction in K. K....
'.In the Name of All My Coloured Brethren and Sisters.' A Biography of Bessy Cameron
Since the early 1970s, historians and other scholars have made a concerted effort towards understanding 19th and 20th century Aboriginal history. Initially most of this research was undertaken by white historians, who emphasised the destructive impact...
Looping the Loop
For a while he was jealous of his son on her breast. He tried to suckle her after a sprint race at the velodrome and a late night home. Then spewed when her warm sweet milk curdled all the beer inside him. After a month he began to say --"This tit feeding's...
Miss Cuttlefish
In a cube between sea and sky a waitress in silk evening dress serves a man a simple sole unadorned on a white dish. The glass walls are sticky with salt spray. Outside wind becomes water inside the air is still and the room smells of shellfish. The...
Night
street walk feet earth turn step out dressingroom of star house sleeps but i don't mouth taste black jet plane flies empty night light for my child not to be in bow tie ball cafe sign mean don't belong any body any more hiss garden waits for never close...
On Feminist Literary Criticism as a Rhetoric
One of the orthodoxies appropriated by feminists from left-wing criticism is that the best way of reading something is to read it against the grain, as otherwise you'll be reduced to a mere function of the text, a puppet pulled by the strings of its...
Our Vision of Hope
A Review of Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe, The Heart of the Race: Black Women's Lives in Britain (London: Virago, 1985); Caryl Phillips, The Final Passage (London: Faber and Faber, 1985).The past five years have witnessed substantial...
'Pure and Clean and True to Christ': Black Women and White Missionaries in the North
Most histories of white/Black relations in the Northern Territory tend to concentrate on the impact of the pastoralists and miners rather than on that of the missionaries, even though quite a number of comprehensive histories of Territory missions exist....
Questions of Multi-Culturalism: Sneja Gunew and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
This discussion between Gunew and Chakravorty Spivak arose out of a desire to clarify the extent to which the project of post-colonialism and anti-imperialism was both distinct from, as well as overlapping with, the project of multicultural politics...
"The Typical Mother of the White Race", and the Origins of Female Wage Determination
Most accounts of female wage determination in Australia are essentially descriptive and focus on the major decisions handed down by federal industrial tribunals. These accounts generally follow the distinctions made by Mr Justice Higgins, the second...
They'll Starve You
from me to meso you think you're bettertoughmade of special stuffa fine addition to the human speciesthey will treat you like fecesunder the boot of racial pridethey'll skin your hide and drive homethe message of numbing painniggerthey'll never pay you...
What's in a Name?
The glass partitions between the individual offices provided Eve with a view on to the roofs and the walls of other high rise buildings and even some tree tops at a distance."It must be still too early for the afternoon tea" she thought, seeing very...
Women in the Theatre in Aotearoa
I shall be concentrating in this discussion on the state of the art in the last five years; that is, since the play Foreskin's Lament was hailed as the definitive expression of New Zealand life on our national stage.(1) Foreskin is a rugby player, symbolically...
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