Critical overview and conclusion
in Peter Carey
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This chapter collates some of the existing criticism of Peter Carey's work in relation to the political concerns of his fiction, and it gives a summary of the positions outlined in reviews of the individual volumes of fiction. Much early criticism of Carey concentrated on the fantastic and weird elements in his stories. Brian Edwards's Derridean-influenced article examines Carey's post-modern exploration of construction and bricolage particularly through a focus on language and writing. In his thorough treatment of the storytelling theme in Bliss, A. J. Hassall compares the book with David Malouf's Child's Play, which he sees as an example of a post-modern fiction abandoning the referential, whereas, Carey avoids doing that despite playing 'elegant metafictional games'. In her elliptical and condensed manner, Karen Lamb takes the responses to Illywhacker as symptomatic of the contradictions in Carey's literary ascendancy.

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