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Title: 'The dark hollow of her pram' : a study of a mother's grief and its public disclosure
Author: Goss, Rebecca
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2019
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Though there have been many studies of the forms of autobiography, much less has been said of the costs, both personal and professional, of literary self-exposure. This thesis comprises a critical analysis of my poetry collection Her Birth, a genuine account of my daughter's death and my period of bereavement, accompanied by a study of the consequences of self-disclosure particularly within a prize culture. I have taken what Adrienne Rich referred to as the 'odd-fangled approach' in her new introduction to the tenth anniversary edition of Of Woman Born. A decade after its publication, Adrienne Rich describes her book as 'personal testimony mingled with research, and theory which derived from both'. Using a similar hybrid, I have developed the thesis in three ways. First, I have explored the composition of Her Birth as a study of bereavement addressing my reasons for writing the book. Secondly, I have studied the reception of Her Birth in the aftermath of the 'success' that followed the book's prize nominations. Thirdly, I have explored the consequences of placing a personal narrative into the public sphere by reflecting on my own experiences and the experiences of three other female writers who have published prize-winning memoirs on the subject of grief: Cathy Rentzenbrink, Alice Jolly and Marion Coutts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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