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Title: A matter of loyalty : engaging with America's revolutionary past as a creative writer
Author: Brown, Caroline Jeanette
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 0143
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2019
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This project encompasses a historical fiction novel set during the American Revolution and a collection of familiar essays exploring different ways in which creative writers seek to access the eighteenth-century past. The essays, which form my critical component, are intended for a general audience and draw on a variety of theoretical approaches to reading and writing fiction. The first essay, 'Story Truth', engages with the notion of 'authenticity' and the challenges of using primary historical sources as a creative writer. The second essay, 'Dear John Adams', analyzes three fictional iterations of one eighteenth-century historical figure. The third essay, 'Shifts and Stays', focuses on my experiential research at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and reenactment as both theory and practice. The historical novel, which forms my creative component, explores the life of a Loyalist woman in South Carolina during the Revolution, as well as the lives of her cousin and an enslaved woman in her household. Building on a variety of primary sources, experiential research and secondary accounts, the novel illuminates perspectives on the Revolution that are not often explored in historical fiction.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.F.A.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: E151 United States (General) ; HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform ; NX Arts in general