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Title: Motley O
Author: Helberg, Natalie
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Brand, Dionne
Abstract: This thesis is an exercise in perseveration: it takes special interest in the fluidity that maintains between ‘self’ and ‘Other,’ ‘violence’ and ‘assistance,’ as well as ‘autonomy’ and ‘non-agency,’ developing this point of fascination in numerous ways along three concatenated narrative lines. As a hybrid text, it helps itself, at different times, to the resources of language poetry, post-conceptualist writing, dramatic writing, academic speculation, as well as short and novel-length fiction; its indecision with respect to form mirrors the instability it articulates with respect to categories. Such indecision reaches down into the sentence unit as well, rendering it, at different times, more (or less) permeable via rogue punctuation. Lastly, this thesis is mindful of the non-semantic, but nonetheless significant, valences of aesthetic text: line-breaks and other interruptions in the “prose” modulate the rhythm and pace of reading/hearing, in addition to “activating” the page as a spatial, and therefore structuring, experiential force.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7499
Date: 2013-08
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada
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