Summerlands, Sebald, and the interface between image and text

Francesca Sasnaitis

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This dissertation presents aspects of creative practice as a methodology for engagement with issues of catastrophic loss, displacement, alienation, and survival. The novel 'Summerlands' is based on my experience as the daughter of Lithuanian Displaced Persons who arrived in Australia after World War II. Family photographs are incorporated into the text to unlock memory, multiply meanings, and to document, supplement, or disrupt narrative. The theoretical component draws primarily on the works of W.G. Sebald to interrogate the interface between image and text within a creative work and to explore the challenges of representing transgenerational trauma and mediated memories.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Walker, Brenda, Supervisor
  • Chinna, Stephen, Supervisor
  • Ikin, Van, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date23 Nov 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 25/11/2020 to 01/12/2022. Made publicly available on 01/12/2022.


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