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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 'What Had She to Do With Angels?' : Gender and Narrative in The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
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Pratt examines the concept of 'personal narrative' in terms of the politics of gender. Mary's presence in the text as a 'stereotypical maiden/wife/mother' serves to stablize Richard's sense of self, but as she becomes more of an individual presence in the trilogy this stability is disturbed. Mary's assertion of self demonstrates the instability of Richard's transcendental vision and the influence of Mary's earthiness on the social complex of the trilogy.

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    y separately published work icon Australian Literary Studies ALS vol. 16 no. 2 October 1993 Z595051 1993 periodical issue 1993 pg. 152-160
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    y separately published work icon 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. 56
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