Editing a ‘women’s edition’ of a literary journal is bound to be fraught with semantic problems. What is women’s writing? By women? About women? As Island ’s fiction editor, Rachel Edwards, editorialises, ‘there is nothing that defines women’s fiction apart from the sex of the author. Nothing!’ The politics of contriving a women’s edition of a literary journal, then, is simple: women’s voices are under-represented in the domain, a disparity which can be addressed by providing platforms for them.
Dale Campisi (ed.): Island 129
Island 129: Women
edited by Dale Campisi
Island, $19.95 pb, 142 pp, 9377779088661
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Ellena Savage is a writer, editor, and student from Melbourne. She writes a monthly culture column for Eureka Street and a bimonthly books column for the Lifted Brow, where she edits the arts lift-out, Middlebrow. Her essays, journalism, and criticism have appeared in Overland, Arena, Spook, the Nose, Right Now, and Farrago, which she co-edited in 2010.
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