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Author's abstract: Rewriting Dickens's Great Expectations through Jack Maggs, Carey revisits the English literary heritage and the values of nineteenth-century England. This paper examines how Carey reconsiders that tradition and, from his postcolonial position, questions Britain's cultural and social heritage to present Australia as a new haven offering redemption and regeneration, the possibility of overcoming the haunting heritage of one's origins and past, which allegorically refers to the former colony itself (63).

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    y separately published work icon Commonwealth Heritage; Commonwealth : Essays and Studies vol. 27 no. 1 Autumn 2004 Z1217220 2004 periodical issue 2004 pg. 63-75
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    y separately published work icon Dickens Adapted John Glavin (editor), Farnham : Ashgate , 2012 Z1903348 2012 anthology criticism From their first appearance in print, Dickens's fictions immediately migrated into other media, and particularly, in his own time, to the stage. Since then Dickens has continuously, apparently inexhaustibly, functioned as the wellspring for a robust mini-industry, sourcing plays, films, television specials and series, operas, new novels and even miniature and model villages. If in his lifetime he was justly called 'The Inimitable', since his death he has become just the reverse: the Infinitely Imitable. The essays in this volume, all appearing within the past twenty years, cover the full spectrum of genres. Their major shared claim to attention is their break from earlier mimetic criteria - does the film follow the novel? - to take the new works seriously within their own generic and historical contexts. Collectively, they reveal an entirely 'other' Dickensian oeuvre, which ironically has perhaps made Dickens better known to an audience of non-readers than to those who know the books themselves. Farnham : Ashgate , 2012 pg. 447-459
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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