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Title: Narrative patterning in the novels of Emyr Humphreys
Author: Green, D.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis seeks to discuss some of the ways narrative patterning is achieved in the novels of Emyr Humphreys. It examines first the ways in which the titles and epigraphs are used before suggesting ways in which the real-life experiences of the author help shape the fiction. The following chapters discuss the novels in a relatively chronological order, grouping together the early novels (the first six), A Toy Epic and Outside the House of Baal, the seven novel Land of the Living sequence, and finally the independent novels written late in the author's career, in order to detect possible reasons for changes occurring. The discussion centres on the ways in which Humphreys uses pre-existing texts in order to give form and pattern to his own. It finds that, although the author begins by using literature, myth and history in a variety of ways and to a variety of extents, as the author increases his use of the novels to discuss the situation of Wales and what it means to be Welsh, the use of myth (particularly but not exclusively Celtic myth) and history take precedence and in the best work are used in different but complementary ways. The discussion includes the effect on patterning in the novel of aiming at a variety of genres and audiences. The later novels in particular are found to have conflicting interests when postmodern techniques and post-colonial attitudes collide with educational and nationalistic aims.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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