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Joseph Wiesenfarth

Joseph Wiesenfarth

Joseph Wiesenfarth is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written extensively on the English novel and has contributed to the Australian War Memorial’s Stella Bowen: Art, Love & War (2002). His most recent monograph is Ford Madox Ford and the Regiment of Women: Violet Hunt, Jean Rhys, Stella Bowen, and Janice Biala (2005), and his most recent book is a critical edition of No More Parades (2011), the second volume of Carcanet’s new corrected and annotated edition of Ford’s tetralogy Parade’s End.

Joseph Wiesenfarth reviews 'Rewriting History: Peter Carey’s Fictional Biography of Australia' by Andreas Gaile

May 2011, no. 331 21 April 2011
Andreas Gaile presents his Rewriting History as Peter Carey’s biography of Australia. Before he gives us the facts of that biography, however, he suggests why Carey cannot write a biography of Australia: ‘there is no “real” Australia waiting to be uncovered. A national identity is an invention.’ He elaborates this by a series of excursions into postmodernist theories of narration and dis ... (read more)