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dc.contributor.authorBillingham, Craig
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-29T05:40:43Z
dc.date.available2019-05-29T05:40:43Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/20474
dc.description.abstractThis thesis has two components: an exegesis and a creative work. The purpose of Part A: Introduction is to render more transparent the process by which I arrived at the form, genre, and theme of the creative component, and to establish the ground for Parts C and D. It is a framing device, rather than a strictly hermeneutical text. The creative component is Part B: The Method Writer. It is a short story cycle of approximately 45,000 words. In Part C: Scenes from the Middle Distance — On J.M. Coetzee’s Autré-fictions, I discuss notions of writing, truth, and autobiography as they pertain to the writings of J.M. Coetzee. I make reference to Coetzee’s non-fiction and to his trilogy of autré-biographies, Scenes from Provincial Life, and in particular to the third instalment, Summertime. I also discuss Coetzee’s Three Stories (‘A House in Spain’, ‘He and His Man’, ‘Nietverloren’) and several of his novels (In the Heart of the Country, Slow Man, The Childhood of Jesus, and, The Schooldays of Jesus). In Autofiction as Auto-da-fé I move from Coetzee’s notion of auto/autré-biography to autofiction. I read autofiction as a mode of literary confession that interrogates the author/narrator position, and the novel as a literary form. It does so, I suggest, by drawing attention to the shifting degrees of fictionality deployed in a nominally fictional, or imaginative, text. I illustrate my argument with reference to contemporary works of English language literary autofiction: Luke Carman’s An Elegant Young Man, Ben Lerner’s 10:04, and Rachel Cusk’s Outline and Transit.en_AU
dc.publisherUniversity of Sydneyen_AU
dc.publisherThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciencesen_AU
dc.publisherSchool of Literature, Art and Mediaen_AU
dc.publisherDepartment of Englishen_AU
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.en_AU
dc.subjectShort story cycleen_AU
dc.subjectJ.M. Coetzeeen_AU
dc.subjectautofictionen_AU
dc.subjectliterary influenceen_AU
dc.subjectethics of literary biographyen_AU
dc.subjectcreative writingen_AU
dc.titleThe Method Writeren_AU
dc.typeProfessional Doctorateen_AU
dc.type.pubtypeDoctor of Arts D.Artsen_AU
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