Sing fox to me : an investigation into the "use" of Down Syndrome in both the Down Syndrome and Gothic novel

Kanake, Sarah J. (2014) Sing fox to me : an investigation into the "use" of Down Syndrome in both the Down Syndrome and Gothic novel. PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


This project investigates the current borders around and within, what I have in this exegesis termed, "the Down Syndrome novel", using a close reading analysis of literary texts containing characters with Down syndrome and contextualised by theoretical works drawn from both disability and literary theory. This practice-led thesis introduces and discusses select fictional characters with Down syndrome from numerous genres, revealing them as highly contained, or "boundaried", spoken for, and generally used for narrative conflict rather than included as individuals with agency and a legitimate, autonomous voice and narrative point of view. In reframing the Australian landscape as "disabled" this exegesis illustrates that the Australian Gothic novel can shift, and sometimes even remove, the boundary around characters with intellectual disabilities, allowing a space where the stories of characters with Down syndrome can emerge.

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ID Code: 75916
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Hawkes, Lesley & Hancox, Donna
Additional Information: Thesis embargoed until 02 September 2016.
Keywords: Down syndrome, Disability, Gothic, Voice, Boundary, Narrative scaffolding , Intellectual disability, Point of view, Literary, Australia
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2014 02:45
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 05:58

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