The Artful Man : Theory and Authority in Brian Castro’s Fiction


The article discusses the critical reception of the work of Brian Castro, especially the responses to his use of critical theory in his novels. In analysing theory and authority in Castro’s novel Double-Wolf, Barker discovers a shift in his approach to theory and argues that it is Double-Wolf which, unlike the earlier novels, gives Freud and Freudian theory a leading role and foregrounds theory in an entirely different way from his other novels. She discusses these and other issues with Brian Castro in an interview published in the same issue of Australian Literary Studies.

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Published 1 May 2002 in Volume 20 No. 3. Subjects: Critical reception, Critical theories & approaches, Fiction, Freudian theory, Psychoanalytic theory.

Cite as: Barker, Karen. ‘The Artful Man : Theory and Authority in Brian Castro’s Fiction.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, 2002.