Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

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Caitlan Smith

The University of Western Australia 

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This issue of Limina: a Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies presents two articles that speak to women/feminist issues and to raising or re-imagining the female voice. Svea Hundertmark's article examines the reimagined female villain’s voice and representation in fairy tales, through their analysis of Disney's Maleficent (2014). WhiteFeather Hunter provides insight into the history, identification, and 'devianceness' of contemporary technofeminist witches through a consideration of feminist scholars and witchcraft historiographers. Both of these articles highlight longstanding issues in the representation of womanhood and femininity, through fairy-tales and rape-culture, in the case of Hundertmark’s article, and the on-going battle around the autonomy of women's bodies, as Hunter examines.

Both of these authors will present their papers at the forthcoming Adaptations in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present and Future Conference (that was postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19). The conference will be Limina's 15th annual conference, and is organised with the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, Medieval and Early Modern Studies at UWA, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. It will be a hybrid in-person and online event held over the 9-10 September 2021. The programme, registration (open until 8 September 2021), and further information can be found on the conference website I highly encourage those who are interested in these articles or Adaptation Studies to register for the conference to hear from the authors themselves and our other presenters.

This issue also includes six book reviews: Jessie Tu’s A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing (Allen & Unwin); Nadia Rhook's boots (UWA Publishing); Giulia Mensitieri's The Most Beautiful Job in the World (Melbourne University Press); Michael Bradley's Coniston (UWA Publishing); Stella Budrikis' The Edward Street Baby Farm (Fremantle Press); and Linda Weste's Inside the Verse Novel: Writers on Writing (Australian Scholarly Publishing). Many of these books, including boots, A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, and The Edward Street Baby Farm, also address or include feminist issues generating a very (unintentional, but welcomed) theme for this general edition that centres on women's perspectives and issues.

We hope you enjoy this Volume 26, Issue 2 edition of Limina for 2021. In light of Covid-19 our world is drastically changing to acclimate to new formats, and this continues to greatly impact the academic and research communities. Limina continues to be a free and open-access space for post-graduates and early-career researchers in historical and cultural studies to gain experience in the publication process and share their research, but we are not without change. As mentioned, our upcoming Adaptations conference will be a hybrid format that should allow an international audience and those restricted by travel regulations to attend. Our meetings have also taken on a hybrid format where we meet in-person when possible on the University of Western Australia campus, on Whadjuk Noongar boodja, but always allow for virtual attendance. Thus, inviting and encouraging postgraduates in the Humanities to participate more actively in Limina. If you are interested in joining the Limina Collective information can be found on our website.

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