And I Have Touched the Sky and accompanying essays

Becherer, Laura Rae (2021) And I Have Touched the Sky and accompanying essays. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Fairy tale retellings have become a popular literary genre in recent years. While many of these texts are lyrical in nature and grounded in the broader genre of fantasy literature, fairy tale theorists such as Jack Zipes postulate that fairy tales are less fantasy stories and more a vehicle to explore everyday danger and trauma. Fairy tales can be less comforting bedtime stories and more cautionary tales for children and adults alike. To this end, my dissertation explores power of storytelling to shape identity, as well as the stories we tell ourselves and tell others about ourselves. The short novel is a tale of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder following sexual assault and an abusive relationship, but more than that, it is a story about family, love, nature, and healing. Hints of magical realism come into play via the dogs that never age. Furthermore, the two accompanying essays that follow the novel explore themes of women, patriarchy, and nature via the lens of nature writing and other magical realist texts. The essays are also grounded in my own personal experiences and narratives as a woman and a child, to reflect on the autobiographical undertones of my creative process and experience in writing, and re-writing, this novel.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies
Supervisor's Name: Reeder, Dr. Elizabeth and Strachan, Ms Zoe
Date of Award: 2021
Embargo Date: 3 November 2024
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2021-82554
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2021 13:28
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 13:33
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.82554

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