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Title: 'Splice fiction' : an investigation of a new hybrid form
Author: Baily, Virginia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2742 5631
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis is a two-part exploration of a new type of novel-cum-short-story-collection hybrid - 'splice-fiction' - that has become increasingly prevalent over the last decade. The first part is an academic inquiry into the emergence and nature of the form. It charts the rise of splice-fiction amid changing notions of what a novel is / can be and considers what forces (market pressure, fractured life experiences, changing global realities, crossover influence from cinema) might have called the form into being. " Through examination of contemporary examples (eg. Tim Winton's The Turning, Sarah Hall's How to Paint a Dead Man, David Mitchell's Ghostwritten) in the light of authors identified as forerunners (V. S. Naipaul's In a Free State, Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women ... ), as well as secondary material and interviews with some of the authors, it seeks to discover the form's essential characteristics. The second part is a novel, Africa Junction, which exemplifies the form and articulates these characteristics, which include a wide geographical and time range, polyphony, a multi-strand narrative, tangential connections .
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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