y One of the Wattle Birds single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1994 1994
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    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1994 .

Works about this Work

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)
'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).
y Fabricating the Self : The Fictions of Jessica Anderson Elaine Barry , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1996 Z509037 1996 single work criticism
"Only the houses on the point ..." : Deciphering Houses as Carriers of Social Meaning in the Novels of Jessica Anderson Catherine Staveley , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Spanish Sampler of Australian Studies 1996; (p. 53-60)
Meetability Jennifer Maiden , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 138 1995; (p. 68-70)

— Review of A Change in the Lighting Amy Witting 1994 single work novel ; Crosskill : A Wyatt Novel Garry Disher 1994 single work novel ; Jetlag : A Novel Michele Nayman 1994 single work novel ; One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel ; Recollections of Ludowyck B. Laurent Vitel 1994 single work novel ; The Wild Sweet Flowers : Alvie Skerritt Stories Marian Favel Clair Eldridge 1994 selected work short story ; Truce Joanna Murray-Smith 1994 single work novel
Time's Dread Chariot Fiona Capp , 1994 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 23 July 1994; (p. 8)
"The Older You Grow, the Less You Care" Margaret Jones , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 July 1994; (p. 6A)
Revenge of the Cur Rosemary Sorensen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23 July 1994; (p. 7)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel ; One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Forecasts Kate Veitch , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , May vol. 73 no. 1047 1994; (p. 32)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Fat in Content, Slim in Size Robin Lucas , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 5 July vol. 116 no. 5927 1994; (p. 89)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
King Arthur Faced in Coogee Julian Croft , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 July 1994; (p. rev 7)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Fledglings Grow to the Flying Stage Katharine England , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 16 July 1994; (p. 19)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Artful Observations of Women in Three Worlds Helen Elliott , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 July 1994; (p. 9A)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
A Kind of Harmony Andrew Peek , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 162 1994; (p. 14-15)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Sins of the Fathers, and the Mothers Wenche Ommundsen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Editions , September-October no. 21 1994; (p. 7-8)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Meetability Jennifer Maiden , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 138 1995; (p. 68-70)

— Review of A Change in the Lighting Amy Witting 1994 single work novel ; Crosskill : A Wyatt Novel Garry Disher 1994 single work novel ; Jetlag : A Novel Michele Nayman 1994 single work novel ; One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel ; Recollections of Ludowyck B. Laurent Vitel 1994 single work novel ; The Wild Sweet Flowers : Alvie Skerritt Stories Marian Favel Clair Eldridge 1994 selected work short story ; Truce Joanna Murray-Smith 1994 single work novel
Revenge of the Cur Rosemary Sorensen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23 July 1994; (p. 7)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel ; One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Forecasts Kate Veitch , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , May vol. 73 no. 1047 1994; (p. 32)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Fat in Content, Slim in Size Robin Lucas , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 5 July vol. 116 no. 5927 1994; (p. 89)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
King Arthur Faced in Coogee Julian Croft , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 July 1994; (p. rev 7)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Fledglings Grow to the Flying Stage Katharine England , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 16 July 1994; (p. 19)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Artful Observations of Women in Three Worlds Helen Elliott , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 July 1994; (p. 9A)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
A Kind of Harmony Andrew Peek , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 162 1994; (p. 14-15)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Sins of the Fathers, and the Mothers Wenche Ommundsen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Editions , September-October no. 21 1994; (p. 7-8)

— Review of One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
'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).
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)
Time's Dread Chariot Fiona Capp , 1994 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 23 July 1994; (p. 8)
y Fabricating the Self : The Fictions of Jessica Anderson Elaine Barry , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1996 Z509037 1996 single work criticism
"The Older You Grow, the Less You Care" Margaret Jones , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 July 1994; (p. 6A)
"Only the houses on the point ..." : Deciphering Houses as Carriers of Social Meaning in the Novels of Jessica Anderson Catherine Staveley , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Spanish Sampler of Australian Studies 1996; (p. 53-60)
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)

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