Floating (a novel) and writing and not writing a novel called floating (an essay)

Crum, Ailsa Kirsten Laird (2017) Floating (a novel) and writing and not writing a novel called floating (an essay). PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis comprises a fictional novel, Floating, and a critical essay. The essay explores the borderlines between autobiographical writing (including memoir) and fiction. Using autobiographical narrative, the essay explores the inspiration and influences for writing the novel, Floating. It considers authors’ attitudes to autobiography in fiction, drawing on the work of Jessie Kesson before examining the literary techniques used by three contemporary authors: Jeanette Winterson, Janice Galloway and Jackie Kay. It considers particular challenges of writing autobiographically including: narrative perspective, identity, truth and invention. The novel engages with themes arising in the essay, particularly those relating to the creation and assumption of identity through recounting memory.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Literary memoir, autobiography, Janice Galloway, Jackie Kay, Jeanette Winterson, Jessie Kesson.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Reeder, Dr. Elizabeth K.
Date of Award: 2017
Depositing User: Ms Ailsa K L Crum
Unique ID: glathesis:2017-8180
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 07:40
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 14:57
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/8180

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