Matthew Ryan researches and writes on contemporary short stories and novels. He has particular interests in Irish literature, dystopian writing and cultural criticism. Matthew is a lecturer in Literature at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.
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…