Category Archives: Book review

This category is for book reviews by authors and book reviewers.

Wonder Woman – feminine throwback or modern feminist icon?

Following the success of the 2017 blockbuster film, Rachel Harris reviews a recent edited collection about the feminist politics of Wonder Woman. Jacob M. Held, ed. Wonder Woman and Philosophy: The Amazonian Mystique (Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2017). RRP $26.95 AUD … Continue reading

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Beyond the goldfields: Australian migration to early-twentieth-century Shanghai

VIDA blog’s Australian Women Writers Challenge book review continues with Deb Lee-Talbot’s review of a recent book by Sophie Loy-Wilson about Australian migration to China during the early twentieth century. Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson, Australians in Shanghai: Race, Rights and Nation in Treaty … Continue reading

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“A Book of Lies”: Settler impressions of Aboriginal women

VIDA blog’s Australian Women Writers Challenge book reviews continue with Lauren Robinson’s analysis of a book about colonial Australian history. Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this blog may contain the images and names of people who have since passed … Continue reading

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From the fields of war to the streets of suburbia: A centenary of the Australian Red Cross

VIDA blog’s Australian Women Writers Challenge book review series begins with Deb Lee-Talbot’s analysis of a book about how the Red Cross became as a significant Australian institution. Melanie Oppenheimer, The Power of Humanity: 100 Years of Australian Red Cross 1914-2014 (Sydney: Sydney South, NSW … Continue reading

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From gardeners to governor’s wives – How have women shaped Australia’s cities?

Rachel Harris reviews a new book on how women have shaped Australian cities. Jane Jose. Places Women Make: Unearthing the Contribution of Women to our Cities. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2016. RRP $29.95. ISBN 9781743053942. As soon as I heard about Jane … Continue reading

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