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Title: The tallest man in Australia : poems; and the poetic biography as a subgenre
Author: Jamison, John Scott
ISNI:       0000 0004 5989 0124
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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The first section of this PhD submission is a creative thesis, the aim of which is to write an original poetry collection which belongs to the sub-genre of the poetic biography. The poetry collection, entitled The Tallest Man in Australia, details the capture and imprisonment of John Boyle O'Reilly, a 19th Century Fenian rebel who spent nine months in the penal colony of Western Australia before escaping to America. My critical thesis aims to validate the idea that in the past twenty years a new sub-genre of biography has emerged, one linked to the fictional biography yet quite distinct from it. Examples deal with the life of an historic individual but are written in poetic form. Analysis of this sub-genre, which will be referred to as 'the poetic biography', will focus on four key texts: David Constantine's Caspar Hauser (1994), Maurice Manning's A Companion for Owls (2004), Linda France's The Toast of the Kit-Cat Club (2005) and Ruth Padel's Darwin: A Life in Poems (2009). Each of the four texts has been chosen as an example of a slightly differing approach to the same form, providing enough similarity to be used as evidence for the poetic biography's existence as a separate entity from both poetry and biography, but with enough stylistic differences to show the potential of the sub-genre.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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