The curer of souls : a novel and accompanying thesis

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Thesis
Issue Date:
2008
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- Part One, The Curer of Souls, is a novel set in London and Van Diemen's Land between 183 6 and 1866. By transforming history into fiction and refocusing the historical gaze, The Curer of Souls explores the mores of Victorian society played out in the British colony of Van Diemen's Land and in London in the l830s-l860s. Through the use of documentary evidence, including three diaries, the novel inhabits a literary as well as an historical discourse, presenting an imagined world based on the actual, thus creating a dialogue between the present and the past. Part Two, The Narrative of Imagining: the Voices of Fact and Fiction in Writing History, is the exegesis and has two sections. The first investigates the concept of writing practice as a source of research with reference to the creative work. In particular, it examines fiction and its role in representing history. The second section is a Foucauldian analysis of my own work. Both sections aim to unpack further meaning within the novel.
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