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Title: "Never to be yourself and yet always" : taking the feminist personal essay from clickbait to craft
Author: Harding, K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 9353 4908
Awarding Body: Bath Spa University
Current Institution: Bath Spa University
Date of Award: 2019
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Through practice-based research, I sought to determine what for me has become an urgent question about the craft of a personal essay. What, I ask, distinguishes the tradition of Montaigne from essays that, as Bennett (2015) puts it, “make a show of maximal divulgence, but are too half-baked and dashed-off to do the work of real introspection”? In ten personal essays, I explore themes of personhood and dehumanization through the lens of living in a particular body (fat, female, infertile, over-forty) in a particular time and place (Trump’s America). In the contextualizing exegesis that accompanies my essay collection, I ask where the crucial distinctions between “clickbait” and craft lie, frequently examining my own practice and development in ways that I hope will be useful to other writers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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