In His Own Sweet Time: Carmen’s Coming Out


Discusses Wandra Koolmatrie's autobiography, My Own Sweet Time (1994), later revealed as a fiction written by Leon Carmen. 'In this paper, I want to map the range of responses to Carmen's hoax to get a sense of the cultural anxieties that such events generate, and the complexity of the issues at stake. I will then mobilise queer theory to think through the identificatory processes and effects that were circulating around this hoax.'

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Published 1 October 2004 in Volume 21 No. 4. Subjects: Aboriginality, Autobiographical writing, Cultural & national identity, Imposture, Literary hoaxes.

Cite as: Nolan, Maggie. ‘In His Own Sweet Time: Carmen’s Coming Out.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 21, no. 4, 2004, doi: 10.20314/als.e93592c7ad.