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Title: V.T.
Author: Lee, Philip
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2002
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This essay is in three parts. Each part, or short essay, deals with a novel that has a collection of poetry appended to it. The novels are 'Big Sur' by Jack Kerouac, 'How to Save Your Own Life' by Erica Jong, and 'V.T.' by Philip Lee. In the short essays I explore some of the relationships between the poetry and prose in the novels, and touch on how the authors present themselves by the inclusion of poetry, ostensibly written by them. Note on why I've chosen to include essays on 'Big Sur' and 'How to Save Your Own Life': I've been a fan of Kerouac since my late teens, and Jong since my early twenties (I was born in 1956). Specifically, I've admired Kerouac for his depiction of men in search of a purpose in life, and Jong for her depiction of heterosexually active feminist women. The combination could be explosive, like tossing ice cubes into a hot chip pan. My novel, in a somewhat safe (ie sealed) historical setting, is only a first attempt at bringing these two important strands of literary endeavour together.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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