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“Pip is my story”

Cross-Fertilising Narratives in Lloyd Jones’s Mister Pip

Caterina Colomba    Università del Salento Lecce    

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In Mister Pip (2006), New Zealander writer Lloyd Jones transfers Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations to Papua New Guinea. Through a skilful play of metanarrative cross-references, Jones gives lifeblood back to the Victorian text while creating a new artistic work in which the 19th century enters into a dialogue with contemporary times offering its reader a modern ‘female’ Bildungsroman. This paper explores how Great Expectations turns out to be instrumental for the growth of Matilda, Jones’s main character, and for the development of the plot in a way that invites us to reflect on the imaginative power of literature and the unpredictable nature of its consequences in the world outside literary fiction.

Published
Dec. 21, 2017
Accepted
Nov. 5, 2017
Submitted
Oct. 29, 2017
Language
EN
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