<i>Illywhacker</i> (1985)

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:
Illywhacker (1985)

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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

Chapter.  7095 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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