"The birthday party" (fiction): [and] '"The explosions and the affections': variable focalisation and the nuclear family in contemporary narrative fiction" (dissertation)

Brooke Dunnell

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Abstract

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Fiction: “The Birthday Party.”
The creative component of this thesis is a novel written in a realist style and focusing on the quotidian suburban existence of the contemporary Western Australian Sinclair family, a nuclear group comprised of father Rob, mother Laura, daughter Alice, and son Nathan.
Dissertation: “„The Explosions and the Affections‟:
Variable focalisation and the nuclear family in contemporary narrative fiction.”
The critical component of this thesis is an exploration of the use of multiple limited third-person viewpoints as a narrative technique in three contemporary novels focusing on Western middle-class families: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001), The Good Parents by Joan London (2008), and The Ice Storm by Rick Moody (1994). The term “variable focalisation”, developed by Gerard Genette in Narrative Discourse (1980), is used to describe the narratives‟ movement between the perspectives of the

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Publication statusUnpublished - 2011

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