y Shallows single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1984 1984
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Notes

  • Epigraph: 'So close behind some promotory lie/The huge leviathans to attend their prey,/And give no chace, but shallow in the fry,/Which through their gaping jaws mistake the way.' - John Dryden Annus Mirabilis
  • Epigraph: 'those grim travellers in dawn skies/see the beauty - makes them cry inside/makes them angry and they don't know why/grim travellers in dawn skies' - Bruce Cockburn 'Grim Travellers'
  • Dedication: To Denise, with love
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Atheneum , 1986 .
      Extent: 235p.
      ISBN: 0689118066
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1991 .
      Extent: xi, 259p.p.
      ISBN: 0869142577
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador , 1991 .
      Extent: xiv, 289 p.p.
      ISBN: 0330319647
    • South Yarra, South Yarra - Glen Iris area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1993 .
      Extent: 259p.
      ISBN: 0869143360
    • Saint Paul, Minnesota,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Graywolf Press , 1993 .
      Extent: 235p.
      ISBN: 1555971938
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1996 .
      Extent: xi, 259p.p.
      ISBN: 0140258531
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1998 .
      Extent: 259p.
      ISBN: 0140274006 (pbk.)
Alternative title: 浅滩
Alternative title: Qian tan

Works about this Work

Water Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 16-48)

'In Dirt Music, remembering the time before a car crash took the lives of his brother Darkie, Darkie's wife Sal, and their two children, Bird and Bullet, Luther Fox recalls Bird's question : 'Lu, how come water lets you through it?' Bird is the one who saw God, and 'if anyone saw God it would likely be her. Bird's the nearest thing to an angelic being.' Bird's question suggests the function of water in Winton's novels. Water is everywhere in his writing, as people sail on it, dive into it, live on the edge of it. Clearly the sea and the river are vital aspects of the writer's own experience. But water is more than an omnipresent feature of his writing and his life, the oceanscape of his stories. It is something that 'lets you through'. It lets you through because it is the passage to a different state of being, sometimes in dream, sometimes in physical extremity, but always offers itself as the medium of transformation. When it lets you through - whether to escape to a different life, as a rite of passage to adulthood, to see the world in a new way or to discover the holiness of the earth or the wonder of the world, whether it is the baptismal water of redemption to an opening to a world of silence - and it is all these things- you become different.' (Author's introduction 16)

On Focuses on the Oceans' Ecology Reveled in Tim Winton's Main Literature Works Hong-Bo Du , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , no. 6 2014; (p. 53-55)
'Descriptions and focuses on ocean is a necessary part of the development of Australian literature, on which the world famous Australian writer Tim Winton is considered as one of the representatives. This thesis is mainly to introduce Tim Winton and his representative works which focus on the ocean; the author lists the most influential works of Tim Winton in order to present the common as well as the ecological concept of environmental protection reflected in his works.' (Publication abstract)
An Interpretation of the Ecological Theme in Tim Winton's Shallows Hou Fei , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , no. 6 2014; (p. 56-61)
Shallows was Tim Winton's first Miles Franklin Award, and Winton rose to stardom overnight in Australian literacy circles. The fiction focuses on the whaling chaos in Western Australia and captures influences from the outside world on the whaling industry, and displays the whaling towns people's opinions on whale - killing. The ecological theme is vividly shown through collages of narration by joining together the, news, slogans and scientific and technical literature, Through the description of fierce conflicts between whale killers and whale protectors, Shallows is outstanding as a novel featuring environmental protection. (Sourced from translated publication abstract.)
A Signature of Topophilia in Winton’s Shallows and Dirt Music Yunyi Zhu , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , December no. 1 2014; (p. 55-71)
Boundless Love - Winton’s Eco-ethical Vision in Shallows Yunyi Zhu , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies in China : Research on Australia by Chinese Scholars 2014; Oceanic Literary Studies , no. 2 2015; (p. 46-60)
'Tim Winton is one of the most remarkable writers in the contemporary Australian literary arena. Shallows is a representative work of his early fiction about anti-whaling and environmental protection. This paper, from the perspective of eco-ethics, aims to interpret Winton’s eco-ethical vision with the analysis of ecological crises at the natural, social and spiritual level in Shallows, arguing that the root of ecological crises is “anthropocentricism”, and only after getting out of the spiritual crisis and learning to care and love everything in nature can human beings solve other ecological crises and achieve a harmonious state with nature.' (Publication abstract)
Human's Changing Relationship to the Non-Human World Deborah Jordan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Climate Change Narratives in Australian Fiction 2014; (p. 41-55)
'The environmental crises the human species faces are urgent. When the climate change literary critics Adam Trexler and Adeline John-Putra argue that climate change calls for a fundamental re-valuation of ourselves, even while it challenges us to put to use the critical cultural tools we have, 77 they are right. A fundamental re-evaluation is needed in face of the urgency, seriousness, complexity, immediacy, duration and global scope of the problems facing the human species. In the previous pages we have looked albeit briefly at some of the key novels addressing climate change scenarios which we can identify in Australian writing. Can the critics help us refine our concepts a little further?' (41)
Shadow of the Dead : Stories of Transience in Tim Winton's Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 57 no. 1 2012; (p. 164-181)

Explores Tim Winton's treatment of female characters in his fiction and their linkage with images of transience and death.

Bodies that Speak : Mediating Female Embodiment in Tim Winton's Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 32-50)
A Century of Oz Lit in China : A Critical Overview (1906-2008) Yu Ouyang , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 65-71)
‘This paper seeks to examine the dissemination, reception and perception of Australian literature in China from 1906 to 2008 by providng a historical background for its first arrival in China as a literature undistinguished from English or American literature, then as part of a ruoxiao minzu wenxue (weak and small nation literature) in the early 1930s, its rise as interest grew in Communist and proletarian writings in the 1950s and 1960s, and its spread and growth from the end of the cultural revolution in 1976 across all genres, culminating in its present unprecedented flourishing.’ (Introduction, p. 65)
Sea of Transformation : Re-Writing Australianness in the Light of Whaling Sissy Helff , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Local Natures, Global Responsibilities : Ecocritical Perspectives on the New English Literatures 2010; (p. 91-104)
Engaging the Masses : Tim Winton, Activism and the Literary Bestseller Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 158-180)
y Mind the Country : Tim Winton's Fiction Salhia Ben-Messahel , Crawley : University of Western Australia , 2006 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism
y Tim Winton : The Writer and His Work Michael McGirr , South Yarra : Macmillan Education Australia , 1999 Z1022919 1999 single work criticism Aimed principally at younger readers and students, this work contains biographical information about Winton which situates him in a Western Australian context and has chapters dealing with each of Winton's novels to date. Each chapter concludes with a section 'Questions and Activities'.
The Boomerang Effect of Time and History in Tim Winton's Fictionalized Australia Salhia Ben-Messahel , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 21 no. 1 1998; (p. 63-71)
That Eye, the Past: History and Tim Winton's Fiction Ffion Murphy , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 73-86)
Tim Winton's `Shallows' and the End of Whaling in Australia John P. Turner , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 38 no. 1 1993; (p. 79-85)
The Role of History in Three Contemporary Australian Novels Phyllis Fahrie Edelson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Popular Culture , Fall vol. 23 no. 2 1989; (p. 63-71)
Untitled A. P. Riemer , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 281)

— Review of That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel ; Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
Age Barrier 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 26 November, 1988; (p. 10)
Burning Bright : Impressions of Tim Winton Brian Matthews , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 45 no. 1 1986; (p. 83-93)
The Sullen Novelists : New Australian Fiction Thelma Forshaw , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 29 no. 3 1985; (p. 77-79)

— Review of The Island Antigone Kefala 1984 single work novel ; Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel ; Crooks Bill Reed 1984 single work novel ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley 1984 single work novel ; Bearded Ladies : Stories Kate Grenville 1984 selected work short story poetry ; The Man Who Stayed Below Alan Gould 1984 single work novel ; Last Ferry to Manly Jill Neville 1984 single work novel ; The Chinaman Don'o Kim 1984 single work novel
Whaling and the Meaning of Life William Noonan , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 22-23 December 1984; (p. 11)

— Review of The True Story of Lilli Stubeck James Aldridge 1984 single work novel ; Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel ; Tunnel Vision Dorothy Johnston 1984 single work novel
Two Australian Novels... Bach , Like Life is Never Simple Katharine England , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 8 December 1984; (p. 9)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella ; Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
Am I a Camera? Roger Milliss , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , April no. 102 1986; (p. 74-77)

— Review of The Morality of Gentlemen Amanda Lohrey 1984 single work novel ; Memories of the Assassination Attempt and Other Stories Gerard Windsor 1985 selected work short story extract ; Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel ; Good Mates Paul Radley 1985 single work novel
Untitled A. P. Riemer , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 281)

— Review of That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel ; Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
Stark World of Brooding Loners David A. Myers , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 December 1984; (p. 18)

— Review of Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
Coping with Change Nancy Keesing , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 68 1985; (p. 12-14)

— Review of Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
How God Views Conflict In Whaling Town Patrick Burgess , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 JAnuary 1985; (p. 37)

— Review of Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
Shallows Complex, Disturbing Marian Favel Clair Eldridge , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 March 1985; (p. 85)

— Review of Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
Shallows, a Sobering Challenging Novel Veronica Sen , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 November 1985; (p. 8)

— Review of Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
Sink, Swim of Shim Mark Sanderson , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 10 October 1986; (p. 1130)

— Review of Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
y Tim Winton : The Writer and His Work Michael McGirr , South Yarra : Macmillan Education Australia , 1999 Z1022919 1999 single work criticism Aimed principally at younger readers and students, this work contains biographical information about Winton which situates him in a Western Australian context and has chapters dealing with each of Winton's novels to date. Each chapter concludes with a section 'Questions and Activities'.
y Mind the Country : Tim Winton's Fiction Salhia Ben-Messahel , Crawley : University of Western Australia , 2006 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism
Engaging the Masses : Tim Winton, Activism and the Literary Bestseller Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 158-180)
Sea of Transformation : Re-Writing Australianness in the Light of Whaling Sissy Helff , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Local Natures, Global Responsibilities : Ecocritical Perspectives on the New English Literatures 2010; (p. 91-104)
A Century of Oz Lit in China : A Critical Overview (1906-2008) Yu Ouyang , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 65-71)
‘This paper seeks to examine the dissemination, reception and perception of Australian literature in China from 1906 to 2008 by providng a historical background for its first arrival in China as a literature undistinguished from English or American literature, then as part of a ruoxiao minzu wenxue (weak and small nation literature) in the early 1930s, its rise as interest grew in Communist and proletarian writings in the 1950s and 1960s, and its spread and growth from the end of the cultural revolution in 1976 across all genres, culminating in its present unprecedented flourishing.’ (Introduction, p. 65)
Shadow of the Dead : Stories of Transience in Tim Winton's Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 57 no. 1 2012; (p. 164-181)

Explores Tim Winton's treatment of female characters in his fiction and their linkage with images of transience and death.

Bodies that Speak : Mediating Female Embodiment in Tim Winton's Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 32-50)
Age Barrier 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 26 November, 1988; (p. 10)
Letters : Comment on Nancy Keesing's Review of Tim Winton's Shallows, (February/March 1985) Trevor Hogan , 1985 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 70 1985; (p. 42)
That Eye, the Past: History and Tim Winton's Fiction Ffion Murphy , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 73-86)
The Role of History in Three Contemporary Australian Novels Phyllis Fahrie Edelson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Popular Culture , Fall vol. 23 no. 2 1989; (p. 63-71)
Burning Bright : Impressions of Tim Winton Brian Matthews , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 45 no. 1 1986; (p. 83-93)
Tim Winton's `Shallows' and the End of Whaling in Australia John P. Turner , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 38 no. 1 1993; (p. 79-85)
The Boomerang Effect of Time and History in Tim Winton's Fictionalized Australia Salhia Ben-Messahel , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 21 no. 1 1998; (p. 63-71)
Water Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 16-48)

'In Dirt Music, remembering the time before a car crash took the lives of his brother Darkie, Darkie's wife Sal, and their two children, Bird and Bullet, Luther Fox recalls Bird's question : 'Lu, how come water lets you through it?' Bird is the one who saw God, and 'if anyone saw God it would likely be her. Bird's the nearest thing to an angelic being.' Bird's question suggests the function of water in Winton's novels. Water is everywhere in his writing, as people sail on it, dive into it, live on the edge of it. Clearly the sea and the river are vital aspects of the writer's own experience. But water is more than an omnipresent feature of his writing and his life, the oceanscape of his stories. It is something that 'lets you through'. It lets you through because it is the passage to a different state of being, sometimes in dream, sometimes in physical extremity, but always offers itself as the medium of transformation. When it lets you through - whether to escape to a different life, as a rite of passage to adulthood, to see the world in a new way or to discover the holiness of the earth or the wonder of the world, whether it is the baptismal water of redemption to an opening to a world of silence - and it is all these things- you become different.' (Author's introduction 16)

On Focuses on the Oceans' Ecology Reveled in Tim Winton's Main Literature Works Hong-Bo Du , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , no. 6 2014; (p. 53-55)
'Descriptions and focuses on ocean is a necessary part of the development of Australian literature, on which the world famous Australian writer Tim Winton is considered as one of the representatives. This thesis is mainly to introduce Tim Winton and his representative works which focus on the ocean; the author lists the most influential works of Tim Winton in order to present the common as well as the ecological concept of environmental protection reflected in his works.' (Publication abstract)
An Interpretation of the Ecological Theme in Tim Winton's Shallows Hou Fei , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , no. 6 2014; (p. 56-61)
Shallows was Tim Winton's first Miles Franklin Award, and Winton rose to stardom overnight in Australian literacy circles. The fiction focuses on the whaling chaos in Western Australia and captures influences from the outside world on the whaling industry, and displays the whaling towns people's opinions on whale - killing. The ecological theme is vividly shown through collages of narration by joining together the, news, slogans and scientific and technical literature, Through the description of fierce conflicts between whale killers and whale protectors, Shallows is outstanding as a novel featuring environmental protection. (Sourced from translated publication abstract.)
A Signature of Topophilia in Winton’s Shallows and Dirt Music Yunyi Zhu , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , December no. 1 2014; (p. 55-71)
Boundless Love - Winton’s Eco-ethical Vision in Shallows Yunyi Zhu , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies in China : Research on Australia by Chinese Scholars 2014; Oceanic Literary Studies , no. 2 2015; (p. 46-60)
'Tim Winton is one of the most remarkable writers in the contemporary Australian literary arena. Shallows is a representative work of his early fiction about anti-whaling and environmental protection. This paper, from the perspective of eco-ethics, aims to interpret Winton’s eco-ethical vision with the analysis of ecological crises at the natural, social and spiritual level in Shallows, arguing that the root of ecological crises is “anthropocentricism”, and only after getting out of the spiritual crisis and learning to care and love everything in nature can human beings solve other ecological crises and achieve a harmonious state with nature.' (Publication abstract)
Human's Changing Relationship to the Non-Human World Deborah Jordan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Climate Change Narratives in Australian Fiction 2014; (p. 41-55)
'The environmental crises the human species faces are urgent. When the climate change literary critics Adam Trexler and Adeline John-Putra argue that climate change calls for a fundamental re-valuation of ourselves, even while it challenges us to put to use the critical cultural tools we have, 77 they are right. A fundamental re-evaluation is needed in face of the urgency, seriousness, complexity, immediacy, duration and global scope of the problems facing the human species. In the previous pages we have looked albeit briefly at some of the key novels addressing climate change scenarios which we can identify in Australian writing. Can the critics help us refine our concepts a little further?' (41)
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