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The narratiaves of ‘I’

Don Randall

in David Malouf

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780719068324
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719068324.003.0003
The narratiaves of ‘I’

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This chapter studies the first three long prose fictions of Malouf's career that are narrated in the first person. The first is Johnno, which is the only one of the three prose fictions that is strongly marked with his personal experience and history. An Imaginary Life focuses on Malouf's evolving vision, while Child's Play is a text that presents the marked character of auto-reflexivity. This chapter discusses the narrative ‘I’ in each of these works.

Keywords: prose fictions; narrative I; Johnno; An Imaginary Life; Child's Play; auto-reflexivity; personal experience; evolving vision

Chapter.  18890 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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