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Title: The insistent image, and, The Word : an exploration of the creative force of insistent mental imagery in the writing of short stories
Author: Rees, Matthew G.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7657 7500
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2019
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The purpose of this research is to explore the phenomenon of insistent mental imagery as a creative force in the writing of short stories. The research has two elements. Firstly, the praxis of the creative work: experimental writing functioning as research, leading to an original body of work entitled The Word, a collection of twenty-one short stories amounting to 75,000 words unified by their association with Wales and the Marches and the inclination of their subject matter to the supernatural and the enigmatic. Secondly, this thesis features the gnosis, an essay titled 'The Insistent Image', which explores the creative force of mental imagery in the writing of short stories by noted exponents of the short story form and the influence of such imagery on the candidate's own short fiction. This essay will argue that the importance of imagery in short stories is felt not merely after the ending of a piece of a fiction, but in its formative stages, and tellingly so. This research contributes to our understanding of how and why short stories are written. It significantly widens discussion of the part played by mental imagery in the formative stages of short story writing, hitherto an area of relatively limited discourse and investigation. The author demonstrates the role of received mental imagery as an important driver in the writing of his own short fiction, also citing its influence on other writers and their stories. The case is made that mental imagery has a singular influence on fiction in the short form, consonant with the short story's occupation with moment and glimpse. The case is also made that as a form the short story provides the optimal window in prose fiction for what the author terms the insistent image to crystallize, spawn sibling imagery and shape the course of a text of fiction.
Supervisor: Gower, D. Jonathan ; Britton, David J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral