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Title: The cannibal spirit : a novel
Author: Whitehead, Harry
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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The Cannibal Spirit is a fictionalization of events surrounding the trial on charges of cannibalism of a half-white, half-Indian man named George Hunt, in Vancouver in 1900. It is told from two points of view: from that of Hunt himself (in the first person), and from that of his son-in-law, Harry Cadwallader (in the third person). The book began life nearly fifteen years ago as an academic paper, and has been through many manifestations - essay, biography, movie, theatre play - before finally becoming the novel here submitted. The accompanying thesis considers that evolution in terms of how the ideas, themes, premises, structure, the consciousnesses of my characters, and their voices came to become what they are now. The thesis considers how some sort of a critical/creative synergy might best be achieved during the practice of the creative writing PhD itself. It concludes in a discussion of the nature of authenticity itself for the author of fiction, when that writer deliberately - wilfully - mutilates facts for the purposes of his own fictional ends.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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