I Belong to the Lake and Coherence, Incoherence and the Recognition of the Strange in Narratives of Illness and Trauma

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Abstract

The novel 'I Belong to the Lake' and an accompanying exegesis 'Coherence, Incoherence and the Recognition of the Strange in Narratives of Illness and Trauma' address the question: 'How can we represent the familiar made strange in narratives of illness and trauma, particularly when shock and grief impairs our sense of the structures of time and language?' Through creative and theoretical explorations, including a close reading of Don DeLillo's 'The Body Artist', this combined work recognises fragmentation, discontinuity and uncertainty not as aberrations to narrative norms, but rather as signifiers necessary to the responsible representation of illness or trauma.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Walker, Brenda, Supervisor
  • Curthoys, Ned, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date17 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 11/02/2020 to 31/01/2024. Made publicly available on 1/02/2024.

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