The stories

Bruce Woodcock

in Peter Carey

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780719043604
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700532 | DOI:
The stories

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This chapter tries to characterise Carey's stories and examines the core of his fictional practice. It determines that Carey is more interested in constructing his own ‘possible worlds’ instead of ‘reporting reality’. It introduces ‘American Dreams’, where Carey creates a powerful symbol for the Australian-American relationship, and the problems of cultural dependency. This chapter also identifies some of the ambiguities of post-colonial situations and their reliance on the investments of international capital through tourism, some powerful metaphors of cultural and imperial domination, and several stories that deal with gender identities and issues of power, control and paranoia.

Keywords: fictional practice; Carey's stories; possible worlds; American Dreams; cultural dependency; post-colonial situations; international capital; metaphors of domination; gender identities; issues of power

Chapter.  8006 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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