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Title: Weaning as a creative and critical reading
Author: Vincent, Hannah
ISNI:       0000 0004 7657 684X
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2019
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My research identifies an emerging trend among writers working on the borders of fiction and non-fiction for novels that function as aesthetic autobiographies. These works articulate ways in which the lived experience of the writer intersects with the artistic expression of these experiences. I examine novels by Rachel Cusk, Elena Ferrante, Sheila Heti, Jhumpa Lahiri and Deborah Levy as well as non-fiction texts by these authors. I argue that works by these women writers form a conversation of the kind Helene Cixous urges in her essay 'The Laugh of the Medusa' and I view the resulting work as a female countercanon. Further, I argue that these works constitute a canon of motherhood, to which my own novel The Weaning might belong. As a way of furthering my understanding of my own creative practice I consider the exchange that occurs between writer and proxy, writer and text, writer and reader, reader and text as a process of literary weaning.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PN3338 Relation to and treatment of special subjects