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Multiple worlds

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/9780719068324.003.0004
Multiple worlds

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This chapter analyses Fly Away Peter and Harland's Half Acre, which bring Malouf into focus as a writer of multiple-worlds fictions. In Fly Away Peter, the pluralisation of the fictional world gives rise to a new emphasis on insight as an often literal ‘looking into’, as a way of discovering and contacting an alternative world of experience, a distinct place of being. On the other hand, Harland's Half Acre is a novel that talks about what it might mean to be an Australian artist.

Keywords: multiple-worlds fictions; pluralisation; fictional world; alternative world; experience; place of being; Australian artist; Fly Away Peter; Harland's Half Acre

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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