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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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Illywhacker (1985)

Illywhacker (1985)

(p.53) 4 Illywhacker (1985)
Peter Carey

Bruce Woodcock

Manchester University Press

This chapter takes a look at Illywhacker, which studies twentieth-century Australian history and mixes family history with satirical fable and fantasy. It shows the significance of lies and lying and introduces the novelist-as-liar device. This chapter shows that Illywhacker allowed Carey to study storytelling and fiction-making, and even raised issues that are similar to those found in Bliss. It determines that this novel presents a certain phase of Australian culture and nationalism, as well as a search for identity that went wrong.

Keywords:   Australian history, Illywhacker, family history, satirical fable, novelist-as-liar device, fiction-making, storytelling, Australian culture, nationalism, identity

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