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Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories
Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories
by Katha Pollitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, 18 Feb. 2009
I really like Katha Pollitt's columns for the Nation and this book of short memoir stories was really enjoyable and quite different to her political commentary.


Psychogeography (Pocket Essentials)
Psychogeography (Pocket Essentials)
by Merlin Coverley
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point, 20 Nov. 2008
I had heard about psychogeography but couldn't quite work out what people were talking about so this book provided a really good introduction. It looked at the literary tradition and the flaneur and the situationists, looking mostly at Paris and London (and very briefly New York) and it gave me a long list of novels, nonfiction books and films to look into.


HOUSE OF CLAY
HOUSE OF CLAY
by Naomi Nowak
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Short but beautiful graphic novel, 20 Nov. 2008
This review is from: HOUSE OF CLAY (Paperback)
Short, but very beautiful graphic novel about a girl searching for what to do with her life while working as a seamstress in a sea-side town to save money to study. The artwork is very colourful, and sometimes a bit confusing. The story is quite short but I enjoyed the look and feel of it.


Talkin' Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism
Talkin' Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism
by Aileen Moreton-Robinson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenge to white Australian feminism, 11 Jun. 2008
I have heard Moreton-Robinson say that this book was not well-received by a lot of white feminists when it was first published. She is very scathing of a lot of white women, particularly white feminists who presume to talk for "all" women, but I do not think her criticisms were unfounded, or unfair. I think Moreton-Robinson is right to focus on the notion in Western Feminism that all women are united by their gender oppression, as if class and race do not matter. This book takes a look at the white privilege that many white feminists live with yet do not seem even slightly aware of. Moreton-Robinson says: "Both white women and white men benefited from and participated in the dispossession, massacre and incarceration of Indigenous men, women and children [in Australia], but they did so to different degrees. White women civilised, while white men brutalised. Whiteness in its contemporary form in Australian society is culturally based. It controls institutions that are extensions of white Australian culture and is governed by the values, beliefs and assumptions of that culture. Whiteness confers both dominance and privilege; it is embedded in Australian institutions and in the social practices of everyday life."

The sections of this book take in: Self-Presentation within Indigenous Women's life writing; representations of the white woman in feminist theory; representations of the Indigenous Woman in white women's ethnographic writings; representations of Indigenous women in white Australian Feminism; self-presentation within white feminist Academics' talk; and Indigenous women's self-presentation within white Australian feminism.

I think this is a really important book for Feminism in Australia today and for feminism in general. This is probably a book for people with an interest in and knowledge of feminist theory and academic language (I sometimes found it heavy going). But I highly recommend it.


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