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Title: Mediated form
Author: Walcott, Penelope
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 7804
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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All art conveys interpretations and investigations of an ontological, metaphysical and spiritual nature. Literature, for example, uses every-day symbols and signs, some of which are mediated via metaphor to convey the authors' cultural context, belief systems and their own personal artistic nature. This paper attempts to describe a form of compositional process that is based on the formation of meaning through mediated structure. This may involve working directly with text or with multiple texts, referencing texts, or designing the structural component of a piece so that it refers to a conscious or unconscious process of memory. Utilising words allows for a creative interface across the disciplines of music and literature in which both contexts are at once juxtaposed and synthesised in a singular form. Reading literature is one of the most powerful ways of engaging with any type of culture; poetry offers a different type of engagement with its readership largely because of its generative use of metaphor. It is this type of poetic license and play with cultural and social expectations of literary meaning that I find most fascinating about the written word, and this is why I have chosen to engage with poetic and prosodic works in many of the pieces in this portfolio.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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