• Author: Philip Mead http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/mead-philip
Issue Details: First known date: 1995... 1995
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Mead considers the role of death in the narrative and argues that it is a powerful cultural symbol because of its thematic connections with the idea of home. Home is linked with death and burial throughout the novel. Mahony's slow dissolution in the asylum and burial beneath the soil of his adopted country leads Mead to the idea of colonisation, but he concludes that 'there is no possible reconciliation between subject and nation'.

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  • Appears in:
    y Australian Literary Studies ALS vol. 17 no. 2 October 1995 Z614530 1995 periodical issue 1995 pg. 115-134
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    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. 54
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