"Armageddon Begins Here": Apocalypse in Alexis Wright's Carpentaris

Louise Loomes

Abstract


Alexis Wright's Carpentaria (2006) uses the biblical Apocalypse to argue for the significance of stories in creating futures. Stories from all cultures provide a means by which cultural memory can be shared and beliefs and knowledge can be disseminated to future generations. The apocalypse, or post-apocalypse, is also a metaphor for the creation of a new literary space in which the Australian novel can encompass both Indigenous and nonIndigenous cultural expression.


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