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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 The Magic Pudding: A Mirror of Our Fondest Wishes
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'This paper investigates Norman Lindsay's 1918 illustrated children's novel The Magic Pudding with a view to understanding how the text reflects the state of Australian wishfulness at a particular moment in the history of Australian literary consciousness and the national self-conception. In The Magic Pudding the distorting mirror shown [sic] the subject entering culture is one which hails (as it teaches) a characteristic cynicism with regard to the rules and rights of possession - a cynicism befitting the un-nameable anywhere of the action. This essay argues that the puddin' as possession (slave and cannibal commodity) has provided an apt palimpsest for wishful thinking of the Australian kind, likewise for Australian styles of cynicism with regard to such wishfulness.' (JASAL abstract)

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    y separately published work icon JASAL Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature vol. 6 no. 1 2007 Z1304143 2007 periodical issue 2007 pg. 65-78
    Note: Includes notes and list of works cited.
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