Confessions of a Non-Emigrant

Neilsen, Philip (2008) Confessions of a Non-Emigrant. [Textual Work]


Confessions of a Non-Emigrant is innovative in combining two areas of investigation in creative writing and literature. I investigate both the idea of life writing as therapeutic for the author, and the (reflexive and enabling) blurred boundary between life writing and fiction. I set up a dynamic where the narrative of the story (fictionalised memoir) proposes the therapeutic advantage of utilising one’s life-story in fiction (increased sense of coherent identity and agency) and a perspective (through the device of multiple selves), on the constructedness and instability of identity. I mobilise and explore Pennebaker’s argument that making a narrative of one’s life enhances the writer’s sense of a connection with community and place (represented by Brisbane).

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ID Code: 80781
Item Type: Creative Work (Textual Work)
Refereed: Yes
Published Source: Overland No 191, Winter 2008
Keywords: Brisbane, Culture
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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2015 06:36
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2015 23:49

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