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Title: Night Letters
Author: Calderwood, Fraser
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Winter, Michael
Abstract: This thesis attempts to discern what fiction can do to pursue justice when public consciousness has overlooked or moved on from a historic wrong. Particularly, it focuses on what is known as the Afghan Torture Scandal or, more euphemistically, the “Afghan Detainee Issue,” in which during the time Canadian forces were active in Kandahar province in Afghanistan, Canadians handed over many prisoners to either American soldiers, CIA operatives, or Afghan security forces, with the knowledge that all three of these groups practiced torture forbidden under articles o the Geneva Conventions. It endeavors to depict how several factors in their upbringing that might influence ordinary young men and women to, once deployed in Afghanistan, commit such injustices. The conceit of the novel is that one such returned soldier, finding himself a small-time local celebrity in Calgary, Alberta, has hired a young writer to ghostwrite his memoir. This frame narrative of the writer’s notes performs the role of a chorus, because it is another aim of this novel to work as a modern adaptation of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon.
Date: 2020-09
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