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Title: The dislocated mind : aspects of the Anglo-Welsh short story, 1915-1988
Author: Baker, S. C.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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The stimulus for this thesis was the paucity of academic criticism on the Anglo-Welsh short story, and a desire to explore just how practical many of the contemporary theoretical notions of literature are when applied to a specific historical and generic tradition. I make no claim to having produced a comprehensive study of the field, but it was my intention to establish a theoretical and contextual framework to facilitate discussion of the subject. The opening chapters focus on various theoretical approaches to narrative fiction in general and the modern short story in particular. The ideas of Bakhtin, Iser, Althusser and Jameson are found to be especially useful, and they are set against the ongoing debate about Anglo-Welsh literature. The ensuing chapters consider a number of significant Anglo-Welsh storywriters, and attempt to place them within the preceding framework. The short stories of Caradoc Evans, Rhys Davies, Dylan Thomas, Gwyn Thomas, Geraint Goodwin, Alun Lewis and Leslie Norris are shown to possess numerous common threads. The fractured estrangement which mediates their narratorial stances from any known place or imagined space continually impels them towards a secure and unified vision, but this is undermined by social, sexual and political tensions. These tensions are marginalised and not assimilated into the narrative, so that the partial obliquity and fragmented perceptions of their stories parallel their historical and cultural displacement. I conclude that storytelling is intrinsic to Anglo-Welsh literature, the natural outlet for expressing the dislocated minds of its writers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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