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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1/2, November 30

Aspects of Love in Contemporary Japanese Fiction by Women Writers
In this paper I discuss fiction by contemporary Japanese women writers in an attempt to examine some of women's varying perceptions about love and human relationships. I present firstly a brief overview of the preoccupations of feminine literature in...
A Writer's Friends & Associates: Notes from Correspondence in the Zora Cross Papers
In Exiles at Home(1), Drusilla Modjeska examines the problems of isolation experienced by Australian women writers. She explains the way Nettie Palmer's efforts engendered a sense of camaraderie among writers with her introductions, encouragement and...
Editorial
What has happened to women's liberation in the last fifteen years since International Women's Year in 1975, the year in which Hecate (with a small founding grant from IWY) first appeared? Some might want to suggest that women's liberation was hardly...
From Notes to My Sisters
My father was not very good at telling stories because he needed to be asked many questions instead of just pouring out the words like my mother. If I didn't ask him questions, I would never know the head or tail of the story. One day without my asking...
In Search of the Authentic Voice
Glenyse Ward's Wandering Girl, published and edited under Aboriginal control, records the author's experiences at Wandering Mission and, later, as a servant to white farmers in the 1960s. The author's use of understatement, ironic humour and simple language...
Interview between Maxine Hong Kingston and Sneja Gunew
In an article responding to the reception of her first book, The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston offered the following plea:I am an American writer, who, like other American writers, wants to write the great American novel. The Woman Warrior is an...
Interview with Pearlie McNeill
CF: Pearlie, you've been living in Britain for some time now, can we talk first about why you left Australia?P McN: In 1979, Marie McShea and I started Women Write in Sydney, an initiative that was similar to Sisters in Melbourne but had a very different...
'Inventing the Self': Oral History as Autobiography
The title of this paper(1) indicates that I wanted to use as my starting point some reflections on the subject of the interview and how people represent themselves in an exchange with the researcher. In doing so I have chosen to confront categories such...
My Day Off
The tram ground up to the stop. I tore my eyes away from the book and, holding it open, rushed on to the tram.Juggling my bag, I flashed my Travelcard, plumped down into a seat and continued devouring the last few pages -- the final love scene between...
Questions of Collaboration: An Interview with Jackie Huggins and Isabel Tarrago
CF: In talking about the problems with Black women and white women working together in various areas, perhaps the first thing we might talk about is the situation of Aboriginal women in Australia in relation to the circulation of their ideas within the...
Recent Women's Studies Scholarship, 1: History; Women's History in Australia; the Decade Reviewed
The mere act of reading women's history is a radicalizing experience"(1) Kay Daniels proclaimed in 1982. In so doing, she signalled the early path-breaking attempts to bring women into Australian history and underscored that neglect through which they...
Resisting Authority
This paper was presented at the same `Shaping Lives' conference. I had given it on the previous day to Paula's when she had not yet arrived. When she presented hers I was struck by how far we were addressing the same questions or, as Marjorie Barnard...
Seduction and Punishment
During the last two decades of the nineteenth century, the sexuality of female children occupied a significant proportion of the debating time of many parliaments in the western world. It had been placed on the agenda by a series of skilfully orchestrated...
She JUST Can't Talk
I JUST can't talk -- never learned -- forgot how -- can't remember -- I TWIST my hands, drink black coffee, SMOKE, read long novels & forget the characters' names. My mouth opens to reveal my lack of SLEEP, my TEETH, my FILLINGS -- but I just can't...
The Market for Marriage in Colonial Queensland
An old maid...[is] held up as a bad example to be avoided, an exception to be pitied, a something to be jeered at, whose weakness or peculiarities are to be condemned as leading to a misspent life; indicated as ill-favoured by nature; incapable of attracting,...
The Politics of Nostalgia: Community and Difference in Migrant Writing
In this paper I examine the ways nostalgia is discursively constructed in two Australian texts to conceal, justify or disrupt certain political/aesthetic investments in social relations of power. In these terms I analyse an article published in Quadrant...
The Red Furrow
When we hadn't been on the farm very long, and his trees were only half grown, the mood came on me to do a drawing. For the drawing I used crayons, the kind you buy at newsagents, oil pastels in a box that come with paper wrapped around them that children...
Vampires
RibbonEveryone has heard of the girl whose head, attached with a ribbon, dropped ripe as a peach into the yellow hands of her lover. A naked catastrophe.WindowsI window stop. Ladies in department stores don't like me. Standing in the hot weather belt...
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