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Title: Spinning the world, telling the self : narrative strategies in the young adult fiction of Margaret Mahy and Diana Wynne Jones
Author: Clarke, Mary
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2011
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Narrative psychologists argue that children are born into a storied world, and that it is imperative for them to develop narrative skills so that they may decode the stories embedded in their culture, and construct their own autobiographies and selves. Eminent authors Diana Wynne Jones and Margaret Mahy have aligned themselves consistently throughout their writing careers with the idea that narrative is fundamental to the formation of identity, and with the notion that literature provides a canon of models for behaviour and selfhood. A review of the current critical literature establishes that while some very valuable study has been done on the two authors recently there is no comparative study of them. This thesis is designed to redress this balance by furthering the scholarship available on them, and particularly to focus on the theme of the formation of the narrative identity, which distinguishes them and unites them in a common interest. The study will argue that in their intertextual use of fairy tale and myth, their • subversive use of narrative conventions, and their creation of protagonists who display metafictive awareness of their positions within narrative, both writers seek to foster in their readers a critical consciousness of story in their lives and in the world around them.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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