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Published 1 May 1990 in Volume 14 No. 3. Subjects: Australian women writers, Narrative techniques, Plot.
Cite as: Molloy, F. C.. ‘‘Hearts of Gold and a Happy Ending’: The Appeal of The Harp in the South.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 14, no. 3, 1990. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.20b92b90bb.
Discusses the novel’s historical sources and implications (Irish and Australian) and the complexities of the relationship between the two main characters, Phelim Halloran and Robert Hearn.
Peter Carey's novels are usually treated as works of postmodem fiction. This is obviously appropriate, but it can also be limiting. A.J. Hassall makes an important point when he reminds us that, in spite of playing postmodem games with the…