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Key Issues in Cultural Heritage book series

Cultural Capitals: Revaluing The Arts, Remaking Urban Spaces

From the Barracks to the Burrup

Realising the Dream of R.A. Kartini: Her Sister's Letters from Colonial Java

Vientiane: Transformations of a Lao landscape

South Pacific Museums: Experiments in Culture

Early Church Architectural Forms: A Theologically Contextual Typology for the Eastern Churches of the 4th-6th Centuries

Lost Houses of the Molonglo Valley - Canberra Before the Federal Capital City

On Feminism and Nationalism: Kartini's Letters to Stella Zeehandelaar 1899-1903

Recalling the Indies - Colonial Culture & Postcolonial Identities

Streetwise Asia: A Practical Guide for the Conservation and Revitalisation of heritage Cities and Towns in Asia

Welsh Patagonians - The Australian Connection

Middle Class Culture in the Nineteenth Century America, Australia and Britain

Re-Imagining the Museum: Beyond the Mausoleum

The Disappearing 'Asian' City

Hanoi: Biography of a City

Cultural Identity and Urban Change in Southeast Asia

An Archaeology of West Polynesian Prehistory

Yarrawarra Places, Making Stories

Feminist Poetics of the Sacred, Creative Suspicions

Samurai in the Surf

Recalling the Indies

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Cultural Capitals: Revaluing The Arts, Remaking Urban Spaces

Louise Johnson

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Creating value, valuing creativity; Conceptualising the cultural industries/cultural capitals; The emergence of cultural capitals; Glasgow: cultural tourism and design; Bilbao: the Guggenheim and the post-modern city of spectacle; Singapore: post-colonial city of cultural heritage and performance; Geelong as a cultural capital? Down under echoes; Cultural capitals: re-valuing the arts, re-making sustainable city spaces;


From the Barracks to the Burrup

Andrea Witcomb and Kate Gregory

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From the Barracks to the Burrup: The National Trust in Western Australia

Book can be ordered directly from the publisher UNSW Press ( or the National Trust in Western Australia at (

From the Barracks to the Burrup: The National Trust in Western Australia has been shortlisted for the State Library of Western Australia WA History Award section of the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.

About the book

Key Issues in Cultural Heritage book series

book cover of places of pain and shame

Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with 'Difficult' Heritage
(edited by Prof William Logan and Dr Keir Reeves)

Intangible Heritage
(edited by Laurajane Smith and Natsuko Akagawa)

Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights
(edited by William Logan, Mairead Nic Craith, Michele Langfield)

Information on the volumes from the publisher, Routledge UK:


Realising the Dream of R.A. Kartini: Her Sister's Letters from Colonial Java

Edited and Translated by Joost Coté

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304p.Ill. Research in International
Studies: Southeast Asia Series, no. 114. pbk

0 89680 253

For further details or to purchase a copy visit the website of the Royal Netherlands Institute of South East Asian Studies

Realizing the Dream of Kartini: Her sisters letters from colonial Java presents a unique collection of documents reflecting the lives, attitudes and politics of four Javanese women in the early twentieth century. The letters of Raden Ajeng Kartini, Indonesia’s first feminist, have been a vital testament to her vision since the first selection of them was published in 1911, seven years after Kartini’s death. Now Joost Coté’s translation of her sisters’ letters reveals for the first time the contributions of Roekmini, Kardinah, Kartinah and Soematri in defining and carrying out Kartini’s ideals. With this collection, Coté aims to situate Kartini’s sisters within the more famous Kartini narrative – and indirectly to situate Kartini herself within a broader narrative.

The letters reveal the emotional lives of these modern women and their concerns for the welfare of their husbands and the success of their children in rapidly changing times. While by no means radical nationalists, and not yet extending their horizons to the possibility of an Indonesian nation, these members of a new middle class nevertheless confidently express their belief in their own national identity.

Realizing the Dream of Kartini is essential reading for scholars of Indonesian history, providing documentary evidence of the culture of modern urban Java in the late colonial era and an insight into the ferment of the Indonesian nationalist movement in which these women and their husbands played representative roles.

William H. Frederick, author of Visions and Heat: The making of the Indonesian Revolution:
“Joost Coté presents what is probably the last of the Kartini-related letters extant a precocious and unique resource. The translations are first class and the editor probably knows more about Kartini and her family than anyone else in the world.”


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Vientiane: Transformations of a Lao landscape

Marc Askew, William S. Logan and Colin Long

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Routledge Studies in Asia's Transformations

Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group

New York
ISBN13:978-0-415-33141-8 (hbk)
ISBN13:978-0-203-39252-2 (ebk)


1. Vientiane, capital on the margins: urbanism, history and Lao identity (Askew, Logan & Long)

2. Urbanism and the Lao world of the Mekong Valley (Askew)

3. From glory to ruins (Askew)

4. Land of the lotus-eaters: Vientiane under the French (Logan)

5. Arena of the Cold War (Long & Askew)

6. The Pathet Lao capital (Long)

7. Reshaping Vientiane in a global age (Long, Askew & Logan)

Vientiane is the first work of its kind to explore the development and cultural significance of this neglected South-East Asian city, both past and present. The book interprets Vientiane's landscape - physical as well as imagined - as a reflection of key aspects of Lao geo-political history, the nature of Lao urbanism, and its crticial relation to constructions of Lao identity in the contemporary period. The authors argue that the patterns of change seen through Vientiane's past embody the key political and economic processes and transformations impacting on the people of Laos.

By drawing on a wide range of research material and extensive fieldwork, Vientiane will be of huge interest to scholars of South-East Asian history, Asian culture and society, and urban studies and heritage.

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South Pacific Museums

Experiments in Culture

Edited by Chris Healy and Andrea Witcomb

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Published by Monash University ePress, Clayton, Victoria

ISBN:0-9757475-8-4 (pb)

ISBN:0-9757475-9-2 (web)

Over the last 50 years, museums have been regarded by many scholars and cultural critics as archaic institutions far from the cutting edge of cultural innovation. This judgement is being proved wrong across the globe, with innovative museums staking out new territory. Nowhere is this more striking than in the South Pacific, where new and redeveloped institutions ahve included the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museums of Australia, the Melbourne Museum, the Gab Titui Cultural Centre in the Torres Strait, the Auckland Museum, the Centre Culturel Tjibaou and the Vanuatu Cultural Centre.

South Pacific Museums makes sense of these museums as part of the complex field of heritage, where national economies meet global tourismm cities brand themselves, and indigeneity articulates without colonialism. The effect is one of cultural experimentation.

Part One, 'New Museums' introduces three different museums in distinctive national contexts - Te Papa, the Centre Culturel Tjibaou and the National Museum of Australia. Essays in this part grapple with the role of these museums in the nation at particular historical moments under specific political pressures. Part Two, 'New Knowledges', documents practices and exhibitions at the point of tension between indigenous and non-indigenous interests in the museum. Part Three, 'New Experiences', explores the ways in which museums in the South Pacific are producing that ineffable cultural phenomenon - experience.

Contributors are based in Australia, England, New Zealand and the USA.

South Pacific Museums: Experiments in Culture is a collection of outstanding analyses of museums in the South Pacific, written by cultural, museum and architectural critics, and historians. A series of snapshots introduce the reader to key museums in the region, and longer essays explore these museums in broad terms.

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Early Church Architectural Forms

A Theologically Contextual Typology for the Eastern Churches of the 4th - 6th Centuries

Susan Balderstone

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Buried History Monograph 3

Published by the Australian Institute of Archaeology, Melbourne

ISBN 9780980374711

This monograph analyses the archaeological remins of churches in the eastern Mediterranean region in relation to the theological debates of the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries, bringing together information from sources covering excavations undertaken over the past 100 years. It concludes that certain architectural forms or designs became accepted through association with particular doctrinal positions. A chronolgical and theological framework for the various architectural forms found in the region is provided. Illustrations include 38 plans which enable comparisons to be made and churches to be more easily understood as important markers in the history of early Christianity.

70p + x, colour plates illus tables indexes bibliography

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Lost Houses of the Molonglo Valley

Canberra Before the Federal Capital City

Linda Young

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Publisher: Ginninderra Press

ISBN 978-1-74027-440-1

Gininderra Press website


Introduction: The Molonglo valley before the federal capital

The houses of the Molonglo valley: The north-side houses

The houses of the Molonglo valley: The south-side houses

Epilogue: The heritage of the Molonglo valley

Three generations of settlers, convicts and emigrants occupied the valley of the Molonglo River for eighty years before Canberra was planted here in 1913. Stretched between the great houses of Duntroon and Yarralumla, they lived in some twenty cottages, alomost all of which were demolished as the city centre and suburbs developed.

This book recreates a lost world via archival sources that describe the land and houses, generalogical records showing the inhabitants and their family relationships around the district, and the work of official photographers and amateur artists who recorded the landscape as the city grew.

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On Feminism and Nationalism: Kartini's Letters to Stella Zeehandelaar 1899-1903

Translated and with an introduction by Joost Coté

On Feminism and Nationalism


Monash Asia Institute

Monash University Press

ISBN 1-876924-35-7

Also available in Idonesian:

Aku mau ... Feminisme dan Nasionalisme: surat-surat kartini kepada stella zeehandelaar, 1899 - 1903


The letters Raden Ajeng Kartini wrote from her home in East Java to Stella Zeehandelaar, the'modern girl' in Amsterdam, are amongst the most powerful and stirring of the many letters she wrote in the last four years of her life. They express both her passionate hope and powerful aspiration to bring about change - in her own life, to the position of Javanese women, to colonised Java - and reflect the deep dissappointment she experienced and the compromises she had to make.

Inspired by the European feminist writing of her day, these letters reveal how Kartini transformed these ideas into a manifesto for the emancipation of Javanese women and a platform for the decolonisation of Java. They trace the path from personal aspiration to the liberation of all women, from a conern for the position of women, to a radical assessment of colonial politics.

This fully revised second edition is prefaced by an historical introduction and a foreword by the Indonesian writer Goenawan Mohamad, and includes the two formal memoranda on women's education written by Kartini in 1903.

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Recalling the Indies - Colonial Culture & Postcolonial Identities

Joost Coté and Loes Westerbeek (Eds)

Recalling the Indies


Askant Academic Publishers

ISBN 90 5260 119 4

(Also available in Indonesian) Recalling the Indies: Kebudayaan Kolonial dan Identitas Poskolonial, Syarikat, Yogyakarta, 2004


Recalling the Indies reflects on a 'migrant story', the stories of the journeys of the Indisch Dutch from the days of their childhood in the Dutch East Indie, through their grim experiences of wartime imprisonment and the Indonesian revolution, to their eventual settlement in Australia.

Almost half a million people of Dutch and Dutch-Indonesian descent were forced to leave their homeland when Indonesia claimed its independence from the Netherlands. Where would they go? To the Netherlands, whose language they spoke but from whose culture and climate they had become alienated? This was their first landing but here they were met with hostility. On to Australia? But there 'people of colour' were confronted by the infamous White Australia Policy.

Eventually aproximately 10, 000 Indisch Dutch people settled in Australia; many more settled in North America, others in New Zealand and Brazil. In this volume Joost Coté and Loes Westerbeek have brought together a broad range of contributors to tell the story of the Australian Indisch Dutch for the first time. Contributions range from the personal stories of the migrants themselves, to essays by Dutch and Australian scholars working in the field.

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Streetwise Asia: A Practical Guide for the Conservation and Revitalisation of heritage Cities and Towns in Asia

Elizabeth Vines

Streetwise Asia

2005, 54 pages


Published jointly by UNESCO and the World Bank, with the support of Deakin University's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific. This publication supports the Streetwise Asia Fund for Urban Heritage Conservation.

ISBN 92-9223-057-3


Author's Note & Acknowledgements
Streewise Asia Fund for Urban Heritage Conservation
1. Introduction
2. Significance & Authenticity of Place
3. The Economics of Heritage
4. Developing a Conservation & Heritage Upgrade Strategy
5. Community Consultation, the Role of Local Communities & Heritage Education
6. Conservation & Maintenance of Individual Buildings & Sites
7. Planning & Legislative Protection
8. Signage
9. Corporate Responsibility
10. New Development in Heritage Areas
11. Streetscape Upgrades
12. Cultural Tourism
13. Interpretation & Public Art
14. Incentives & Financing Conservation
15. Case Studies
16. Management Strategy Checklist for Heritage Areas & Sites
17. Bibliography & Further Reading

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Welsh Patagonians - The Australian Connection

Michele Langfield and Peta Roberts

Welsh Patagonians


Published by Crossing Press


One hundred and fifty-one Welsh Patagonians migrated to Australia between 1910 and 1916. Almost the same number of Welsh had sailed to unknown Patagonia in 1865 to start their own self-sufficient colony along the Chubut River in southern Argentina. By the turn of the twentieth century, the Welsh in Patagonia numbered approximately 3000 but a ‘New Wales’ was not to be. Many were discontented and again searching for new homes, this time ‘under the British flag’. Indeed several regretted not having gone to a British colony in the first place. A magnet to a better life in Australia was the prospect of legal title to land. Largely migrating as groups, two ‘Welsh settlements’ were formed in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in New South Wales and in Moora-Miling, Western Australia, and others came to Darwin accompanied by two hundred Patagonians of other ethnic backgrounds.

This book traces the unique experiences of an almost complete group of immigrants, who were linked by kinship and other affiliations. Oral histories with sixty-three descendants, together with genealogical information spanning generations, are blended with library and archival research from four countries. Maps, photos and relational tables are included. The result is a fascinating story of the connections of these Welsh Patagonians to Australia.

Australian immigration encouragement policies are seen through their experiences, casting new light on the need to populate Australia and the nature of land settlement schemes in the early twentieth century.

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Middle Class Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Linda Young


Middle Class Culture


Hardback 138mm x 216mm
December 2002 0333997468
264 Pages

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Cultural Baggage: The Genteel World
In-between: The Problem of the Middle Class
The Civilising Process: The Morphology of Gentility
Under Control: The Genteel Body
Best Behaviour: Public Relationships
Correct Taste: The Material Conditions of Gentility
End Notes

Drawing on expressive and material culture, Young shows that money was not enough to make the genteel middle class. It required exquisite self-control and the right cultural capital to perform ritual etiquette and present oneself confidently, yet modestly. She argues that genteel culture was not merely derivative, but a re-working of aristocratic standards in the context of the middle class necessity to work. Visible throughout the English-speaking world in the 1780s -1830s and onward, genteel culture reveals continuities often obscured by studies based entirely on national frameworks.

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Re-Imagining the Museum

Beyond the Mausoleum

Andrea Witcomb

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Published by Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York

ISBN:0-415-22098-X (hbk)

ISBN:0-415-22099-8 (pbk)


1. Unmasking a different museum: museums and cultural criticism

2. Floating the museum

3. From Batavia to Australia II: negotiating changes in curatorial practices

4. 'A place for all of us'? Museums and communities

5. Beyond the mausoleum: museums and the media

6. Interactivity in museums: the politics of narrative style

Re-Imagining the Museum: Beyond the Mausoleum presents new interpretations of museum history and contemporary museum practices through a range of case studies and by engaging with contemporary theoretical approaches to thinking about museums.

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Hanoi: A Biography of a City

William S. Logan

Hanoi Bookcover

2000, 304 pages,

hardback and paperback,
Published by

Univerity of New South Wales Press Ltd

ISBN 0-295-9801

Ideology, memory and heritage significance.
Thang Long, the ascending dragon:Pre-colonial Hanoi and the Chinese Imprint.
Hanoi: Building a capital for French Indochina
The Japanese interlude: Vietnamese resistance, French collaboration and collapse
Under American bombs: Hanoi during the Vietnam War
Red river, red city: Creating Hanoi's siocialist face.
Doi Moi and the reutrun of capitalism: Hanoi in the 1990s.
Creeping pluralism: Hanoi faces the new millenium

Winner of the International Planning History Society book prize

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The Disappearing 'Asian' City, Protecting Asia's Urban Heritage in a Globalizing World

William S. Logan (ed)

The Disappearing 'Asian' City

The Disappearing 'Asian' City, collection of thirteen case studies by authors expert in the heritage issues affecting Asia,

Globalization - is it, as many believe it to be, a wholly modern phenomenon? And is it an entirely Western force, one that inevitably turns cities into high-rise replicas of Los Angeles or New York in its march across the globe? The Disappearing 'Asian' City, a collection of thirteen case studies by authors expert in the heritage issues affecting Asia, both challenges and questions the assumption that globalization is anything new. Writing from historical and contemporary perspectives, the authors examine the responses of national and local administrations to the legacies of the many globalizing wavers - religious, trade, hegemonic - that have, in part, determined the built fabric of many Asian cities today.

How are decisions made about what to preserve and what to discard? Examining the complex political, religious, aesthetic, or economic reasons underlying the preservation, destruction, or adaptive re-use of a city's built heritage, the authors find the solutions as varied as the cultures themselves:

In Nagasaki, Japan, the meaning of 'Japanese' heritage has been redefined to include Western buildings interpreted and constructed by Japanese architects and craftsmen.

In Seoul, Korea, tangible reminders of the Japanese occupation years are relentlessly removed as the authorities seek to re?establish the geomantic harmony of the old city.

In Yangon, Myanmar, the military junta, harnessing the power of religious belief to bolster the legitimacy of its regime, preserves traditional temples and pagodas while wiping out place and street names that bear witness to a British colonial past.

Which solutions offer the best approach for a modern, globalizing world? What lessons can the West take from the Asian experience of preserving - or discarding - a multi-cultural past? The Disappearing 'Asian' City tackles these questions forcefully, comparing attitudes towards built heritage conservation throughout Asia, examining the policies formulated to address the impact of a global culture on its cities, and evaluating the strategies with which the various administrations arm themselves to face the possible 'Coca?colonization' of the world.

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Cultural Identity and Urban Change in Southeast Asia: Interpretative Essays

Marc Askew & William S. Logan (eds)

Cultural Identity and Urban Change in Southeast Asia
1994, 252 pages, paperback,
Published by Deakin University Press,

ISBN 0-949823 43 0

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Modernisation and the quest for modernity: architectural form, squatter settlements and the new society in Manila.

Hanoi townscape: symbolic imagery in Vietnam's capital.

Phnom Penh: defying man and nature

Bangkok: transformation of the Thai city

Traditional and recent aspects of the urban development of Chiang Mai, Thailand

Phuket: urban conservation versus tourism

Dizzy development, in Hua Hin: the effects of tourism on a Thai seaside town.

Bugis Street in Singapore: development, conservation and the reinvention of cultural landscape.

Post-independence Kuala Lumpur: heritage and the new city image.

Conservation of cultural settings: the case of Yogyakarta's inner city

Denpasar, Bali: triumph of the profane

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An Archaeology of West Polynesian Prehistory

Anita Smith

An Archaeology of West Polynesian Prehistory

Anita Smith is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific . Her work in Pacific archaeology began in the late 1980s in the Department of Archaeology at La Trobe University where Professor Jim Allen and Chris Gosclen were involved in the Lapita Homeland Project. She took part in two seasons of fieldwork excavating Lapita and post-Lapita assemblages in the Arawe Islands, Papua New Guinea in 1990 and 1991 under the direction of Chris Gosden and Jim Specht. This provided the data for her initial research investigating the technology of shell artefact manufacture and fuelled her interest in debates concerning the interpretation of Lapita assemblages. In 1992 she began the research for her PhD that forms the basis of this monograph

Published for the Centre for Archaeological Research and the Department of Archaeology and Natural History, the Australian National University by Pandanus Books

AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF WEST POLYNESIAN PREHISTORY publishes the results of this research. By assessing the evidence in a regional chronological framework Smith identifies major gaps between the expectations of the established model and the archaeological evidence suggesting that the association of Polynesian cultural origins with the post-colonisation period in West Polynesia may be unfounded. This has implications for current ideas about colonisation and cultural change in Remote Oceania and in particular lends support for a late model of East Polynesian colonisation.

Smith asks the question 'Does the early archaeological evidence from West Polynesia support a model of Polynesian cultural origins in the homeland of West Polynesia around 2500 BP?' According to the established cultural chronology for the region, changes should be apparent in the early archaeological evidence indicating the emergence of an Ancestral Polynesian society~ Drawing on debates about the nature of Lapita and the chronology of East Polynesian colonisation, Smith investigates the relationship between the expectations of this model and published evidence from securely dated West Polynesian sites.

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Yarrawarra Places, Making Stories, 2002

Anita Smith (researcher and co-author)

Yarrawarra Places
Published by the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Corporation and the University of New England, 2002
ISBN 1 86389 792 5
Book five in a series of books about Aboriginal people and places on the mid-north coast, New South Wales.

An Australian Research Council Collaborative Research Grant between Yarrawarra Aboriginal Corporation and the University of New England.

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Feminist Poetics of the Sacred, Creative Suspicions

Frances Devlin-Glass & Lyn McCredden,

Feminist Poetics of the Sacred
2001, Paperback, 256 pages
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195144694


Inside and Outside the Traditions: The Changing Shapes of Feminist Spiritualities, Frances Devlin-Glass and Lyn McCredden

Part I . The Politics and Poetics of the Sacred
1. The Goddess Returns: Ecofeminist Reconfigurations of Gender, Nature, and the Sacred
Kate Rigby

2. Black Truth, White Fiction: The Recognition of Aboriginal Women’s Rites
Anne Pattel-Gray

3. Between Worlds: Approaching the Indigenous Sacred in Australia
Lyn McCredden

Part II.Interrogating “Matriarchy”
4. “Inanna and the Huluppu Tree”: An Ancient Mesopotamian Narrative of Goddess Demotion
Johanna H.Stuckey

5. The Sovereignty as Co-Lordship: A Contemporary Feminist Rereading of the Female Sacred in the Ulster Cycle
Frances Devlin-Glass

Part III . Interrogating Patriarchy
6. Between the Tariqa and the Shari’a: The Making of the Female Self
Amila Butorovic

7. “Merely a Love Poem”? Common Sense, Suspicion, and the Song of Songs
Mary Dove

8. Mother, Maiden, Child: Gender as Performance in The Book of Margery Kempe
Clare Bradford

9. Helen and Hermes’ Conceit
Stephen Curkpatrick

10. The Heavenly Woman and the Dragon: Rereadings of Revelation 12
Dorothy A.Lee

11. Working with Greek Mythology: A Journey through Images
Diane Fahey

12. The Future of Feminist Spiritualities
Frances Devlin-Glass and Lyn McCredden

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Samurai in the Surf

Joe Hajdu

Samurai in the Surf The Arrival of the Japanese on the Gold Coast in the 1980s, Pandanus Books 2005. Pandanus Books can be contacted on (02) 6125 3269

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Recalling the Indies

Joost Coté and Loes Westerbeek (eds)

Recalling the Indies

Recalling the Indies: Kebudayaan Kolonial dan Identitas Poskolonial, Syarikat, Yogyakarta, 2004

An English language edition is also available.

In addition, look out for an Indonesian translation of: J. Cote (editor and and translator) On Feminism and Nationalism: Kartini's letters to Stella Zeehandelaar, 1899 - 1903, Monash Asia Institute, 1995, 2nd edition will be published in 2005: Aku mau ... Feminisme dan Nasionalisme: surat-surat kartini kepada stella zeehandelaar, 1899 - 1903 (Trans Vissia Ita Yulinato, Foreword: Goenawan Mohammmad) IRB Press/Kompas Media, Jakarta, 2004.



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