Lips That Touch, a novel & ‘Tiny Jubilations’, a critical essay exploring photography, narrative and inspiration as haunting

Strachan, Zoë (2019) Lips That Touch, a novel & ‘Tiny Jubilations’, a critical essay exploring photography, narrative and inspiration as haunting. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This practice as research thesis comprises two elements:

1) Vol. 1 is a novel, Lips That Touch, set in small-town Scotland between 1935 and 1969. Centring on two main characters, Rena and Bobby, it is a story of family, thwarted ambition and complicated love.

2) Vol. 2 is a commentary that approaches the question of whether inspiration can be understood as a form of haunting through an exploration of photography, memory and narrative. Writing in a way that is personal and postcritical, I consider my use of family photographs and photographs of the built environment (specifically Kilmarnock) as research for the novel, including the role of place, postmemory and inherited narratives. Particular reference is made to the work of William McIlvanney, Janice Galloway, Roland Barthes, Eugène Atget and Hervé Guibert.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Volume 1 of this thesis is not available for viewing.
Keywords: Fiction, practice as research, novel, photography, Barthes, McIlvanney, Scotland, Kilmarnock, memory, postmemory, haunting, inspiration, post-industrial.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Supervisor's Name: McCue, Professor Kirsteen
Date of Award: 2019
Depositing User: Zoe Strachan
Unique ID: glathesis:2019-71951
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 14:11
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 13:44
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/71951
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