All the Way to Cape Grimm: Reflections on Carmel Bird’s Fiction


The article presents a critical overview of Carmel Bird’s writing, particularly her four major novels. Suggesting that there is a continuity of pattern, theme and sometimes character, Walker examines Bird’s major concerns, and the narrative means by which these are expressed (such as fantasy and the Gothic; images and references). She argues that the novels under survey ‘raise profound questions: of the presence of evil in the world and the rise of charasmatic leaders who appear to be evil incarnate’ (275).

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Published 1 May 2004 in Volume 21 No. 3. Subjects: Gothic, Imagery, Literary allusions & references, Literary portrayal, Literary techniques, structures & modes, Motifs.

Cite as: Walker, Shirley. ‘All the Way to Cape Grimm: Reflections on Carmel Bird’s Fiction.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 21, no. 3, 2004, doi: 10.20314/als.9e6949c7ee.