Dreaming of Others: Carpentaria and its Critics

Alison Ravenscroft


Abstract

White critical efforts to make meaning of Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria have sought to anchor it to the big names among white Australian novelists. Such moves presume to make Wright indebted to these literary ‘masters’, assessing the significance of her text by its proximity to theirs. This article explores how in these critics’ eyes white creativity appears as if it were the original creativity and argues that such moves are a way of refuses the text’s unfamiliarity and strangeness to a white reader.

Keywords

Alexis Wright; Carpenteria; Australian literature; Indigenous literature; fiction

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