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Issue Details: First known date: 1975... 1975 All That False Instruction : A Novel of Lesbian Love
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Notes

  • In response to family demands and the threat of legal action, this work by Kerryn Higgs was originally published under the pseudonym Elizabeth Riley. The 2001 edition was published under the author's real name, allowing Higgs to reclaim her story and to publish it as she had originally intended. The second edition includes a number of revisions, most importantly the story has been relocated to its original setting in Melbourne and Victoria.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: All diese falsche Moral
Language: German

Works about this Work

Sandra Willson : A Case Study in Lesbian Identities in 1950s and 1970s Australia Rebecca Jennings , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: History Australia , April vol. 10 no. 1 2013; (p. 99-124)
'In 1959, a young Sydney lesbian, Sandra Willson, shot and killed a taxi driver as a form of protest against social attitudes toward lesbianism. She spent 18 years in prisons and psychiatric hospitals before her release in 1977. Taking Sandra Willson as a case study, this article will explore the ways in which social disapproval of lesbianism was expressed in 1950s Sydney and the impact this had on women's lives, relationships and identities. By the time of Willson's release in the late 1970s, Sydney represented a very different place in which to articulate a lesbian identity; a place in which same-sex desire was beginning to be acknowledged in the press and in cultural media, and where feminist and gay activists were challenging long-standing negative attitudes toward homosexuality. Sandra Willson's experience offers an opportunity to trace shifting notions of lesbianism between the 1950s and the 1970s in Sydney and to consider how these broader patterns of cultural change might have impacted on individual women.' (Author's abstract)
‘Women’s Writing’ and ‘Feminism’ : A History of Intimacy and Estrangement Zora Simic , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Outskirts : Feminisms Along the Edge , May no. 28 2013;
'Women’s Liberation in Australia and elsewhere created feminist readers and writers. Consciousness-raising and reading and writing were intimately linked. Within the women’s movement, journals, magazines and newspapers were launched, small presses inaugurated and writing and reading groups formed. Subscription lists charted the explosion in new titles by, for and about women, and feminist bookshops stocked them. Women’s writers’ festivals, poetry readings and book launches were opportunities to find and promote new work, and to meet other feminists. Some women writers from the past were rediscovered and many contemporary female writers were championed. One of the most successful writers to emerge on the Australian literary scene in the 1970s – Helen Garner, whose debut novel Monkey Grip (1977) won the National Book Council’s Book of the Year award in 1978 – directly linked her ascendency to feminism. A specifically feminist literary criticism began to develop. More generally, feminism also helped to expand the market for women’s writing, so much so that by the 1980s major publishers were developing lists of women’s fiction and/ or subsuming feminist presses into their operations.' (Author's introduction)
Making an Exhibition of Ourselves : GLQ History as Public History Graham Willett , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , May no. 87 2011; (p. 4-17)
In this article, Graham Willett explores Australian gay history writing, 'to consider the ways in which GLQ history as always been, to a very large extent, community-focused...(p. 4)
Walking the Edge Between Self and Society Claudia Skutar , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 16 no. 2 2002; (p. 195-197)

— Review of All That False Instruction : A Novel of Lesbian Love Elizabeth Riley , 1975 single work novel
Memoir Australia Drusilla Modjeska , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Timepieces 2002; (p. 159-200)
Walking the Edge Between Self and Society Claudia Skutar , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 16 no. 2 2002; (p. 195-197)

— Review of All That False Instruction : A Novel of Lesbian Love Elizabeth Riley , 1975 single work novel
Reviews : Fucking Men Is for Saints Sue Bellamy , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Refractory Girl , June no. 11 1976; (p. 32-35)

— Review of All That False Instruction : A Novel of Lesbian Love Elizabeth Riley , 1975 single work novel
Breaking the Rules : New Fiction by Australian Women Susan Higgins , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Summer vol. 34 no. 4 1975; (p. 415-420)

— Review of Wrappings Vicki Viidikas , 1974 selected work short story ; The Beginning of Everything and the End of Everything Else Christine Townend , 1974 single work novel ; All That False Instruction : A Novel of Lesbian Love Elizabeth Riley , 1975 single work novel ; Crying in the Garden Suzanne Holly Jones , 1974 single work novel
Sensitives and Insensitives R. K. Wallace , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 36 no. 4 1976; (p. 460-464)

— Review of The Middle-Aged Maidens Gwen Kelly , 1976 single work novel ; All That False Instruction : A Novel of Lesbian Love Elizabeth Riley , 1975 single work novel ; The Winter Sparrows : Growing Up in Scotland and Australia Mary Rose Liverani , 1975 single work autobiography ; The Queenslander Robert Macklin , 1975 single work novel
Untitled Jim Davidson , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 231)

— Review of All That False Instruction : A Novel of Lesbian Love Elizabeth Riley , 1975 single work novel
Making an Exhibition of Ourselves : GLQ History as Public History Graham Willett , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , May no. 87 2011; (p. 4-17)
In this article, Graham Willett explores Australian gay history writing, 'to consider the ways in which GLQ history as always been, to a very large extent, community-focused...(p. 4)
Sandra Willson : A Case Study in Lesbian Identities in 1950s and 1970s Australia Rebecca Jennings , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: History Australia , April vol. 10 no. 1 2013; (p. 99-124)
'In 1959, a young Sydney lesbian, Sandra Willson, shot and killed a taxi driver as a form of protest against social attitudes toward lesbianism. She spent 18 years in prisons and psychiatric hospitals before her release in 1977. Taking Sandra Willson as a case study, this article will explore the ways in which social disapproval of lesbianism was expressed in 1950s Sydney and the impact this had on women's lives, relationships and identities. By the time of Willson's release in the late 1970s, Sydney represented a very different place in which to articulate a lesbian identity; a place in which same-sex desire was beginning to be acknowledged in the press and in cultural media, and where feminist and gay activists were challenging long-standing negative attitudes toward homosexuality. Sandra Willson's experience offers an opportunity to trace shifting notions of lesbianism between the 1950s and the 1970s in Sydney and to consider how these broader patterns of cultural change might have impacted on individual women.' (Author's abstract)
Australian Woman Novelists of the 1970s: A Survey Margaret Smith , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Gender, Politics and Fiction : Twentieth Century Australian Women's Novels 1985; (p. 200-221)
Coming Out, for the Second Time Jane Sullivan , 2001 single work biography criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 August 2001; (p. 10)
Out of the Silence : Fine Australian Novels Make a Comeback Robert Darby , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Independent Australian , vol. 4 no. 3 1981; (p. 48-51)
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