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Kate Macdonell

Kate Macdonell is an assessor for English and taught in the English Department at Melbourne University from 1994 to 2000.

Kate Macdonell reviews 'Mallawindy' by Joy Dettman

October 1998, no. 205 01 October 1998
If I were inclined to draw connections between books and food, Joy Dettman’s first novel would have to be a hamburger: it’s big, it’s juicy, it’s relatively quick to consume and it’s packed with all the generic trimmings of which a good meaty mystery is made. And while certainly Mallawindy’s characters are thus rather stereotypical and the quality of Dettman’s writing a little clumsy ... (read more)

Kate Macdonell reviews 'The Incredible Woman: Power and sexual politics', Volumes 1 and 2, by Jocelynne A. Scutt

February–March 1998, no. 198 01 February 1998
When I mentioned to one of my exceptionally brainy friends that I was reviewing Jocelynne Scutt’s recent collection of speeches and papers – most of which were written during the late 1980s and 1990s and which have now been edited for a two volume work entitled The Incredible Woman – I was, strange as it may seem, not surprised to hear her say that the very thought of reading anything by Scu ... (read more)