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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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1944, Melbourne and Adelaide: The Ern Malley Hoax

1944, Melbourne and Adelaide: The Ern Malley Hoax

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(p.113) Chapter 9 1944, Melbourne and Adelaide: The Ern Malley Hoax
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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
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Philip Mea

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0010

This chapter discusses the Ern Malley hoax, which was created by James McAuley and Harold Stewart in order to deceive the editor of the Adelaide–Melbourne magazine to publish the work of their dead, pseudo-avant-garde poet. It studies the origins of this act of literary-cultural sabotage, which was designed to sever the machinery of a promising Anglo-Australian modernism, and then looks at the failure of the Malley experiment, which introduced amorality into Australian culture.

Keywords:   Ern Malley hoax, pseudo-avant garde, literary-cultural sabotage, Anglo-Australian modernism, Malley experiment, amorality, Australian culture

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