Experiencing Schizophrenia: A novel and exegesis

Fiona Nichols

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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The novel Existential Skeleton explores schizophrenia through the experience of its protagonist. Having been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which is being managed with medication, the protagonist lives her life in the community. Dramatising issues faced by people living with schizophrenia in the community, this novel is a contribution to the nascent field of post-hospitalisation narratives about schizophrenia. The exegesis contextualises the novel by discussing my own experience of being schizophrenic and by considering other literary accounts. Serge Doubrovsky's notion of autofiction is put forward as an underpinning writing methodology.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Ikin, Van, Supervisor
  • Williams, Tess, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date7 May 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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