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Title: Recreating the past : from historical fact to historical fictional narrative
Author: Llewellyn, Sheila Anne
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 1710
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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A creative writing component and a related critical component combine as a single thesis on the research and integration of historical sources into fictional narrative. The creative writing section is presented first. The Thousand Yard Memory, a novel, is set in post-war Britain in 1947. David Reece, a twenty three year old veteran of the Second World War Burma Campaign, arrives at Northfield Military Psychiatric Hospital in 1947. He is treated there by Daniel Carter, a Psychiatrist who has worked at the hospital throughout the war, specialising in psychotherapy. David and Daniel interact with each other as patient and psychiatrist, but they are also on parallel tracks, having both reached a crisis point in their lives. David has failed in his attempt to fit back into civilian life. Daniel is facing an uncertain professional future in post war military psychiatry. Both patient and psychiatrist are forced to confront their past experiences, and slowly begin to realise the possibility of change. The critical component, Recreating the Past, examines the challenges of researching and integrating historical sources into fictional narrative, and the implications which arise from the process. Pat Barker's novel Regeneration (1991), exemplifies the key aspects under consideration in this thesis, and is used as the main reference text. The section is divided into three parts. Part One presents an interdisciplinary element, exploring the similarities and differences between the way a novelist and a historian work with historical sources. Part Two posits that there are ethical dimensions involved in the creative choices a novelist makes when using sources. Part Three offers an overview of the process involved in researching and integrating sources for The Thousand Yard Memory, and the insights this process provided into the issues identified in Parts One and Two.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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