Reading Carey Reading Malley


Discusses the connection between Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake (2003) and the Ern Malley hoax. 'The novel demonstrates what the hoax itself revealed, if only we could see it: that real life can be a created by the text. Moreover, hoaxes themselves deconstruct our belief in an historical truth by demonstrating that both truth and lie, history and hoax, are a function of narrative. Both gain life by the stories told about them. The stories that survive as truth are the stories that best convince their audience. This goes right to the heart of the invention of history by western Modernity and its subsequent domination of the story of the world. This domination empowers the myth of canonical purity from which the hoax emerges.'

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Published 1 October 2004 in Volume 21 No. 4. Subjects: Ern Malley Hoax, Literary hoaxes, Peter Carey.

Cite as: Ashcroft, Bill. ‘Reading Carey Reading Malley.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 21, no. 4, 2004, doi: 10.20314/als.d5ed90e35f.