Fragile selves: Constructing identity in novels by Margaret Clark, Nette Hilton and Isobel Carmody
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of International, Cultural and Community Studies
It is the mode of realism that is concerned with representing subjects who are 'the origin of meaning, knowledge and action' and who are 'fundamentally unalterable'. By contrast, the postmodern view of the subject, with its indebtedness to poststructuralism. argues that subjectivity 'is constructed in language and discourse: and rather than being fixed and unified, the subject is split, unstable or fragmented.' (Rice and Waugh 1996. p. 123). It is this subject that Stephens argues is virtually absent from Australian children's literature.