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Bruce Woodcock

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719043604

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719043604.001.0001

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Jack Maggs (1997)

Jack Maggs (1997)

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Peter Carey

Bruce Woodcock

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines Jack Maggs, a novel that demonstrates one of the best traditions of Victorian melodrama. It discusses the importance of timing and place in the novel; Carey also crossed genre boundaries in this novel in order to create a distinct hybrid narrative. It also considers the postcolonial counter-discourse strategies and metafictionality that were used. This chapter also describes Jack Maggs as a novel that serves as an investigation of dispossession and delusion.

Keywords:   Jack Maggs, Victorian melodrama, genre boundaries, timing, place, hybrid narrative, counter-discourse strategies, metafictionality, dispossession, delusion

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