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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, November

A Feminist Revolt from Within: Angela Carter's Excessiveness in 'The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman'
Angela Carter's postmodern work of fantastic fiction, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972), has a male central protagonist, Desiderio, but its implied author is not anti-feminist. Carter's bold depiction of female sexuality in male-dominant...
Contributors
Clare Archer-Lean is discipline leader of English Literature at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her research is on the ways in which literary and cultural representations of animals inform human perceptions of their own identities and their place...
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
There can be nothing more excessive than affect--sensation before it has been contained by being named as emotion. Affect overwhelms us with sensation so that we corral/articulate it as a specific emotion in panic-stricken response. Along the way we...
I Desire, Therefore I Am: South Asian Feminist Revisionism on Women's Forbidden Desires
This essay focuses on the South Asian feminist revisionist methodology in twentieth and twenty-first century women's literature and dance representing female characters who are "fallen" because they transgress social, religious and moral boundaries by...
'I Find New Things I'd Forgotten I Needed': Consumption, Domesticity and Home Renovation
This paper explores the numerous ways in which domestic space is represented as a site of excess, consumption and desire in texts from different ends of the cultural spectrum: contemporary home improvement culture, in particular renovation programs such...
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
This paper examines excess and desire via a postmodern feminist reading of the drug writing of twentieth century writers Emily Hahn (1950) and Anna Kavan (1975). The undesirability of the "excess" of drug use (particularly for women) in social terms...
The Potential for Excess in the Toxic Nature of Gendered Power in the Production of Cinema
Bernardo Bertolucci's standing as an auteur has been part of the canon. In cinema studies literature, Last Tango in Paris is regarded as "among the best films of its time" (Lapin 22). In 1971, the then eighteen year old, Maria Schneider was approached...
With Animal: Exceeding the 'Absent Referent' through Maternity
Patriarchal literary representations position women as exceeding the "normative rational" existence: uncontrollable and unpredictable. "Woman as Other" finds its foundations in a historical imagining that conflates female monstrous bodies and animal...
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