<i>Jack Maggs</i> (1997)

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:
Jack Maggs (1997)

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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

Chapter.  7158 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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