"Riddle, Quizzicality, and Quirk - Trace Elements of the Poetic - ": the Value of the Fool in Some Australian Writing

Colette Rayment

Abstract


Patrick White and David Malouf in two respective novels and Peter Steele S.J. in various writings place great emphasis on the figure of the "fool". The question which this paper pursues is what does this age-old figure, in its various manifestations, have to offer to Australian literature and to literature with a religious implication?

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