In Bed with Autobiography: Unravelling the Fabric of Gender and Genre in Women’s Bed(room) Confessions
Cantrell, Kate (2008) In Bed with Autobiography: Unravelling the Fabric of Gender and Genre in Women’s Bed(room) Confessions. (Unpublished)
This thesis consists of a confessional narrative, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, and an accompanying exegesis, And Why I Should (Maybe) Tell Her. The creative piece employs the confessional mode as a subversive device in three separate narratives, each of which situates the bed as a site of resistance. The exegesis investigates how this self-disclosure in a domestic space flouts the governing rules of self-representation, specifically: telling the truth, respecting privacy and displaying normalcy.
The female confession, I argue, creates an alternative space in women’s autobiography where notions of truth-telling can be undermined, the political dimensions of personal experience can be uncovered and the discourse of normality can be negotiated. In particular, women’s confessions told in, on or about the bed, dismantle the genre’s illusion of self and confirm the representative aspects of women’s experience.
Framed within these parameters of power and powerlessness, the exegesis includes textual analyses of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper (1892), Tracey Emin’s My Bed (1999) and Lauren Slater’s Lying (2000), each of which exposes in a bedroom space, the author’s most obscure, intimate and traumatic experiences. Situated firmly within and against the genre’s traditional masculine domain, the exegesis also includes mediations on the creative work that validate the bed as my fabric for confession.
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|Additional Information:||Creative Work and Exegesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Creative Industries(Honours). Supervisors: Craig Bolland and Dr Lesley Hawkes, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.|
|Keywords:||confession, women's autobiography, female self-representation, self-disclosure , spatial hybridities, private/public dichotomies , domestic spaces, intimate lives, beds, bedrooms, installation art, Tracey Emin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Lauren Slater, practice-led research , reflective practice , creative praxis, dialogical process|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999) > Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified (199999)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Kate Cantrell|
|Deposited On:||14 Jul 2010 15:05|
|Last Modified:||14 Jul 2010 15:05|
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