Marcus Clarke : His Natural Life single work   criticism   biography  
Issue Details: First known date: 1974... 1974
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Wilding discusses Clarke's attempts to influence his Victorian readers to sympathise with Dawes and, through Dawes, with the convicts themselves. While the connections between John Rex and Rufus Dawes seem implausible, they offer a special effect in the presentation of alter-egos. The connections allow a comparison of the freedom of each, but Wilding argues that none of the characters are free. Wilding concludes that guilt is a major theme that originates in the first Oedipal killing and reverberates in other crimes committed throughout the novel.


  • Paper presented at the Oxford University Extension Course Summer School in 1968 and at the Westmere Seminar held at the University of Birmingham in 1968

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Australian Experience : Critical Essays on Australian Novels W. S. Ramson (editor), Canberra : Australian National University Press , 1974 Z514620 1974 anthology criticism Canberra : Australian National University Press , 1974 pg. 19-37
  • Appears in:
    y The AustLit Anthology of Criticism Leigh Dale , Linda Hale , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2010 Z1679436 2010 anthology criticism The articles collected here have been selected with non-specialist readers in mind and aim to provide insights and valuable understandings into the works of important Australian writers. Upper secondary and lower tertiary students and general readers will find these articles useful for the study of leading Australian writers whether that is happening in years 11 and 12; first, second and third year university courses; or reading groups. St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2010 pg. 11
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