High Wire Act: Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake

Hassall, Anthony (2015) High Wire Act: Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake. Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia, 6 1: 2-10.

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Author Hassall, Anthony
Title High Wire Act: Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake
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High Wire Act: Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake
Journal name Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2013-6897
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 6
Issue 1
Start page 2
End page 10
Total pages 9
Place of publication Barcelona, Spain
Publisher Universitat de Barcelona * Facultat de Filologia
Collection year 2016
Formatted abstract
This essay examines how Carey displays the multiple fakeries of fiction in My Life as a Fake. It notes the multiple inter-textual references to the Ern Malley hoax and the gothic horror of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It examines the three unreliable narrating voices, the uneven characterisation of Christopher Chubb, and the magic realism seeking to animate Bob McCorkle and his present/absent book My Life as a Fake. It argues that the dazzling display of meta-fictional complexity, much celebrated by reviewers, contributes to the book's failure to create engaging characters and a credible narrative.
Keyword Fiction
Fakery
Meta-fictional complexity
Inter-textual reference
Unreliable narration
Engaging characters
Credible narrative
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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