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Title: 'Leavetaking' : a novel, &, Arrivals and departures : lessons from a first time novelist
Author: Yun, B.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6498 9081
Awarding Body: Bath Spa University
Current Institution: Bath Spa University
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis contains a creative manuscript and an accompanying piece of contextualizing research. The creative component is my first foray into the noval form. 'Leavetaking' follows Eve as she arrives in Honolulu to start a new life after some traumatic personal and professional failures in San Francisco. Her story is a highly fictionalized version of my own real-life experiences. As such, it underwent serious and drastics revisions in three distinct phases of development - nonfiction, hybrid, and fiction - each of which posed different and complex challenges for me as a creative writer. Thus, my supporting research explores Leavetaking's evolution from start to finish - from my early interest in the airport as the book's subject and setting, to a blend of real and imagined experiences, and finally to the novel it is today. I organize this research into three sections that detail my writing process's phases. In each section, I analyze the mix of poems, travel books, memoirs, short stories, and novels that served as literary models for my own creative work and justify this use of multiple genres. I also reflect on feedback I received along the way by describing how it informed my writing. Finally, I consider not just the fundamental techniques that needed development but also the deeper lessons I learned in writing my first novel. As such, this process was radically transformative - if sometimes challenging - for me as a person and for my literary work, and I hope it may be of use and interest to other aspiring writers. The manuscript and research inform each other. They serve as evidence of how I've developed as a writer and as a person in equal measure, for in order to complete both components of this thesis, I had to confront my past and learn from my failures.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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