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Title: Vivian Forest
Author: Jordon, Katie
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of elegiac thought, moving through the human impulses to lament, praise and console. These three components are examined through reactions to found material gained by familial means of inheritance. The narrative is sourced in a father figure’s proposal to explore life’s values through trauma during the contemplation of his own mortality; the father’s proposal results in a polyphonic text, mapping out the reception and reciprocation of this task. Non-Fiction, fiction, poetry and found texts are each employed to extend the gesture of elegy into as many literary spaces as possible. The diaspora of genre and form allows the narration to interact with both private and public displays of commemoration particular to the act of elegizing. The narration’s major thematic arcs include notions of home and property, the survival of family identity and myth, and the closeness of parapsychology and the psychology of grief.
Date: 2012-08
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