Sourdough & other stories : a story told in parts (a mosaic novel and exegesis)

Slatter, Angela Gaye (2012) Sourdough & other stories : a story told in parts (a mosaic novel and exegesis). PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


The mosaic novel - with its independent 'story-tiles' linking together to form a complete narrative - has the potential to act as a reflection on the periodic resurfacing of unconscious memories in the conscious lives of fictional characters. This project is an exploration of the mosaic text as a fictional analogue of involuntary memory. These concepts are investigated as they appear in traditional fairy tales and engaged with in this thesis's creative component, Sourdough and Other Stories (approximately 80,000 words), a mosaic novel comprising sixteen interconnected 'story-tiles'. Traditional fairy tales are non-reflective and conducive to forgetting (i.e. anti-memory); fairy tale characters are frequently portrayed as psychologically two-dimensional, in that there is no examination of the mental and emotional distress caused when children are stolen/ abandoned/ lost and when adults are exiled. Sourdough and Other Stories is a creative examination of, and attempted to remedy, this lack of psychological depth. This creative work is at once something more than a short story collection, and something that is not a traditional novel, but instead a culmination of two modes of writing. It employs the fairy tale form to explore James' 'thorns in the spirit' (1898, p.199) in fiction; the anxiety caused by separation from familial and community groups.

The exegesis, A Story Told in Parts - Sourdough and Other Stories is a critical essay (approximately 20,000 words in length), a companion piece to the mosaic novel, which analyses how my research question proceeded from my creative work, and considers the theoretical underpinnings of the creative work and how it enacts the research question: 'Can a writer use the structural possibilities of the mosaic text to create a fictional work that is an analogue of an involuntary memory?' The cumulative effect of the creative and exegetical works should be that of a dialogue between the two components - each text informing the other and providing alternate but complementary lenses with which to view the research question.

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ID Code: 50910
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Muller, Vivienne & Hancox, Donna
Keywords: Angela Carter, City of Saints and Madmen, creative writing, fairy tales, fantasy, fiction, folktales, genre, Kissing the Witch, memory, Alan Moore, mosaic texts, PhD, the fantastic, short stories, Sourdough and Other Stories, speculative fiction, structure, The Orphan's Tales, Voice of the Fire, Jeff Vandermeer, world-building
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2012 04:56
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:21

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