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dc.contributor.advisor Winter, Michael Calderwood, Fraser 2020-09-08T15:22:08Z 2020-09 2020-08-18
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Afghanistan en_US
dc.subject Alberta en_US
dc.subject Queer narratives en_US
dc.subject Canadian forces en_US
dc.subject Prairie en_US
dc.subject Aeschylus en_US
dc.subject Agamemnon en_US
dc.title Night Letters en_US
dc.title.alternative Life and Leadership Secrets of Major Aaron Uhlich en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.type Book en_US Creative Writing en_US Master of Fine Arts en_US School of English and Theatre Studies en_US
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