Carolyn Masel is a lecturer in Literature at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Her research area is twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, but she has also published essays on short fiction and novels that employ poetic techniques.
Australian Catholic University
This essay examines the three Yarra River stories in Tony Birch’s short fiction collections. ‘The Sea of Tranquillity’ ‘The Chocolate Empire’ and ‘The Toecutters’ all question the historical inscription of the Yarra that favours the culturally dominant account by placing…