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Tirra Lirra by the River Issue Details: First known date: 1978... 1978
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'Liza used to say that she saw her past life as a string of roughly-graded balls, and so did Hilda have a linear conception of hers, thinking of it as a track with detours. But for some years now I have likened mine to a globe suspended in my head, and ever since the shocking realisation that waste is irretrievalbe, I have been careful not to let this globe spin to expose the nether side on which my marriage has left its multitude of images.

'Nora Porteous has spent most of her life waiting to escape. Fleeing from her small-town family and then from her stifling marriage to a mean-spirited husband, Nora arrives finally in London where she creates a new life for herself as a successful dressmaker.

'Now in her seventies, Nora returns to Queensland to settle into her childhood home.

'But Nora has been away a long time, and the people and events of her past are not at all like she remembered them. And while some things never change, Nora is about to discover just how selective her 'globe of memory' has been.

'Tirra Lirra by the River is a moving account of one woman's remarkable life, a beautifully written novel which displays the lyrical brevity of Jessica Anderson's award-winning style.' (Publication summary)

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 12 (Literature Unit 4)

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  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording, large print.

Contents

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Afterword, Anna Funder , 1978 single work essay

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Macmillan , 1978 .
      Extent: 141p.
      Reprinted: 1979
      ISBN: 0333251334
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1980 .
      Extent: 141p.
      ISBN: 0140700854, 0140069453 (pbk.)
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      Penguin ,
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      Extent: 141p.
      ISBN: 0140069453 (U.S. : pbk.)
    • Chippendale, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 1997 .
      Extent: 202p.
      ISBN: 0330359711
    • Brooklyn, New York (City), New York (State),
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      Extent: 184p.
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      • Published: 27th January 2015
      ISBN: 9781612193885
Alternative title: Hjemkomst
Language: Danish
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      Extent: 173p.
      ISBN: 8774741470

Works about this Work

What I Owe : The Effect of Tirra Lirra by the River Anna Funder , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 144-153)
Australian Stories Reflect the Familiar in a Strange Light David Malouf , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 July 2015; (p. 19)
Reading Australia : Jessica Anderson's Tirra Lirra by the River' Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 30-32)

'In 1978, Australia’s two most coveted national literary prizes of the time were both won by women: Helen Garner’s first novel Monkey Grip (1977) won the National Book Council Award for fiction, and the Miles Franklin Literary Award was won by Tirra Lirra by the River (1978), Jessica Anderson’s fourth novel. Both of these books have since become classics of Australian literature, rarely out of print and regularly rediscovered by new generations of readers.' (Author's introduction 30)

The Queerness of Jessica Anderson's Fiction Damien Barlow , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 136-152)
'Gay men have a significant presence in Jessica Anderson's novels. From the first, An Ordinary Lunacy (1963), to her final work One of the Wattlebirds (1994), gay men appear as friends, assistants, confidants, "comrades", family members and in one instance as a fiance, of her central women characters. An Ordinary Lunacy presents arguably the first modern gay man in Australian literature, while Taking Shelter (1989), Anderson's most sexually ambiguous work, is the first Australian novel to concern itself with HIV/AIDS. In the award-winning and best-selling Tirra Lirra by the River (1978) gay men play pivotal roles. Unlike some of Anderson's contemporaries whose queerness has been explored by literary scholars - such as Patrick White or David Malouf - the rich array of queer representations in Anderson's oeuvre has been largely ignored. In light of this critical neglect this essay examines Anderson's representations of gay men and more generally non-normative sexualities. In particular, I argue that the queerness of Anderson's fiction offers the reader a nuanced and astute critique of the ways in which heterosexuality is privileged, fashioned and maintained as "natural" within late-twentieth-century Australian culture.' (Author's abstract)
“Cranford at Moreton Bay”: Jessica Anderson’s The Commandant Susan Sheridan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 121-135)
'The Commandant (1975) is an underrated work, not only in relation to Jessica Anderson's oeuvre but also in the wider context of Australian literature. This novel, set in the Moreton Bay penal station in 1830, appeared at a time when a number of significant historical novels, like Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves, Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and Thea Astley's A Kindness Cup were challenging central myths of white settlement in Australia (Sheridan, 7-20). Among convict novels it stands out on account of its focus on the gaolers as themselves prisoners of the penal system, and in particular on the middle-class women whose lives were defined by their involvement in that system, through their menfolk. (Author's abstract)
Tirra Lirra by the River Betty Pybus , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Womanspeak , June-July vol. 4 no. 5 1979; (p. 26)

— Review of Tirra Lirra by the River Jessica Anderson 1978 single work novel
Exploring the Territory : Some Recent Australian Novels Peter Pierce , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 38 no. 2 1979; (p. 225-233) Oceanic Literature , no. 5 1983; (p. 332-345)

— Review of An Imaginary Life : A Novel David Malouf 1978 single work novel ; The Year of Living Dangerously Christopher Koch 1978 single work novel ; Bitter Bread Ronald McKie 1978 single work novel ; Idlers in the Land Keith Thomas 1978 single work novel ; Tirra Lirra by the River Jessica Anderson 1978 single work novel ; The Bitter Lotus Richard Beilby 1978 single work novel ; Where the Queens All Strayed Barbara Hanrahan 1978 single work novel ; Silent Reach Osmar E. White 1978 single work novel
Camelot Between the Wars Cliff Hanna , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 40 no. 3 1980; (p. 360-363)

— Review of Water Under the Bridge : A Novel Sumner Locke Elliott 1977 single work novel ; Tirra Lirra by the River Jessica Anderson 1978 single work novel
Untitled Roger McDonald , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 6 1978;

— Review of Tirra Lirra by the River Jessica Anderson 1978 single work novel
Untitled J. Bedford , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 9 September 1978; (p. 41)

— Review of Tirra Lirra by the River Jessica Anderson 1978 single work novel
Tirra Lirra by the Brisbane River Donat Gallagher , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 10 no. 1 1981; (p. 101-110)
Queensland Literature : Is It Different? Garry Winter , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 3 1987; (p. 45-51)
'Where No Knight in Armour Has Ever Trod' : The Arthurianism of Jessica Anderson's Heroines Louise D'Arcens , 2005-2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture 2006; (p. 61-80)
Louise D'Arcens examines the differences in the way two heroines from novels by Jessica Anderson read Arthurian legends. She suggests that 'the transition between the two heroines' medievalisms reflects the changing significance of the Middle Ages as an imaginative prism through which Australian experience has been refracted. The development they embody [...] is an index of Australia's transition from colonial dependency at the beginning of the twentieth century to cultural autonomy and sovereignty a the century's end' (62-63).
Women, Law and Literature : Representations of Women and the Law in American and Australian Fiction Elaine Barry , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Happy Couple : Law and Literature 1994; (p. 99-113)
Tirra Lirra by the River : Jessica Anderson (1916- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 183-186)
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