Rewriting History: Peter Careys Fictional Biography of Australia Andreas Gaile

ISBN: 9789042030701

Published: June 30th 2010

Paperback

360 pages


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Rewriting History: Peter Careys Fictional Biography of Australia  by  Andreas Gaile

Rewriting History: Peter Careys Fictional Biography of Australia by Andreas Gaile
June 30th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 360 pages | ISBN: 9789042030701 | 4.13 Mb

Peter Carey is one of the most richly awarded and critically acclaimed novelists of the present day. Most of his fictions relate to questions of Australian history and identity. Rewriting History argues that taken together Careys novels make up a fictional biography of Australia. The reading proposed here considers both key events in the life of the subject of Careys biography (such as the exploration of the interior of the continent, the dispossession of the Aborigines, the convict experience, the process of Australias coming of age as a postcolonial country) as well as its identity.

Rewriting History demonstrates how Carey exposes the lies and deceptions that make up the traditional representations of Australian history and supplants them with a new national story - one that because of its fictional status is not bound to the rigidities of traditional historical discourse. At a time of momentous cultural change, when Australia is being transformed from a New Britannia in another world to a nation not merely in, but actually of the Asia-Pacific region, Careys fiction, this book argues, calls for the construction of a postcolonial national identity that acknowledges the wrongs of the past and gives Australians a sense of cultural orientation between their British past and their multicultural present.



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