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Blue Horses and Illuminating the Shadow : a novel manuscript and exegesis

Bongers, Christine Mary (2008) Blue Horses and Illuminating the Shadow : a novel manuscript and exegesis. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

The novel manuscript Blue Horses (published as Dust, by Random House Australia under its Woolshed Press Imprint, July 2009) focuses on a dusty corner of 1970’s Queensland in this evocative tale of family, shadows that hang over from childhood and beauty found in unexpected places. Its protagonist, Cecilia Maria, was named after saints and martyrs to give her something to live up to. “Over my dead body,” she vows. Her battles with a six-pack of brothers and the despised Kapernicke girls from the farm next door teach her an unforgettable lesson that echoes down through the years. Now she’s heading back to where it all began, with teenagers Jed and Jenna reluctantly in tow. She plans to dance on a grave and track down some ghosts. Instead she learns a new lesson at the gravesite of an old enemy. The exegesis examines Jung’s concept of the Shadow Archetype as a catalyst for individuation in writing for young adults. It discusses the need to re-vision Jung’s work within a feminist framework and contrasts it to Julia Kristeva’s work on the abject. Alyssa Brugman’s Walking Naked and Sonya Hartnett’s Sleeping Dogs are analysed in relation to these concepts and lead into my own creative reflections on, and justification for, use of the Shadow conceptual framework. In following my shadow and establishing a creative dialogue between my conscious intent and unconscious inspirations, I have discovered a writing self that is “other” to the professional writer persona of my past.

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ID Code: 18312
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Pearce, Sharyn& Muller, Vivienne
Keywords: Carl Gustav Jung, shadow archetype, individuation, collective unconscious, Julia Kristeva, abject, young adult literature, creative writing, thesis, masters
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2009 14:14
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:52

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