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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 The Novelist as Ventriloquist : Autobiography and Fiction in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang
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True History of the Kelly Gang marks a significant departure in Peter Carey's fictional practice: it is the only narrative in which we are supposed to hear the authentic voice of a genuine historical figure. The novel, as the very title suggests, gives pride of place to reality effects. The sustained use of such effects makes the novel a real tour de force. But it also raises many questions about the novelist's craft. It carries realism to such an extreme that it deconstructs itself. The paper examines the various reality effects used by Carey, such as the historicity of the characters and events, the mimetism of the language, narrative structure and even typography, etc. It then goes on to relate them to the fictional nature of the book, and tries to make sense of the uneasy tension between those two poles. (Author's abstract, 61)

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    y separately published work icon Commonwealth Commonwealth : Essays and Studies vol. 24 no. 1 Autumn 2001 Z962574 2001 periodical issue 2001 pg. 61-72
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