The unhallowed art : literature and literary fakes in Australia

Takolander, Maria 2005, The unhallowed art : literature and literary fakes in Australia, Text, no. Special Issue No 4, pp. 102-114.

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Title The unhallowed art : literature and literary fakes in Australia
Author(s) Takolander, Maria
Journal name Text
Issue number Special Issue No 4
Start page 102
End page 114
Total pages 14 p.
Publisher School of Arts, Griffith University
Place of publication Gold Coast, Qld.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1327-9556
Summary The fiction of Peter Carey is peopled by the unhallowed; by ghosts and the ghostly. In Bliss (1981), Carey presents us with the Dantesque trials of an advertising executive after he has a heart attack on his front lawn. In The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (1994), phantom nations are inhabited by simulacra. In True History of the Kelly Gang (2001), a dead bushranger talks. Carey's My Life as a Fake (2003), the subject of this essay, gives us an apotheosis of this literary habit of bringing the unliving to life. It presents us with the flesh-and-blood, machete-wielding, gladiatorial figure of Bob McCorkle, a poet created as a literary hoax.


Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950503
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003146

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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