Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School Of Communications And Arts

Faculty

Faculty of Education And Arts

First Advisor

Associate Professor Richard Rossiter

Abstract

This thesis comprises a novel entitled Carly's Dance and an essay entitled As the Owl Discreet. Although separate works, a line runs through them that might be described as an urge to connect; each work, although self-contained, is concerned with the co-existence of opposites, or more precisely, apparent opposites. The essay's title is ironic, borrowed from Hillaire Belloc's perverse verses collected as Cautionary Tales. Discretion is exactly what the thesis tests the bounds of, as do the characters in my novel. And so do I, in using family history to motivate my research.

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