Following the game

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Cynthia Vanden Driesen


This thesis consists of a collection of seventeen short stories and a critical essay of approximately 8000 words. Selected stories from this collection are discussed at varying length in the essay. Within the essay I have attempted to look at- and in one case in particular to demonstrate - the operation of some of the theories put forward by several literary critics- notably, Roland Barthes, Wolfgang lser, Mikhail Bakhtin and, to a lesser degree directly, Norman Holland. Not all of my stories were written with the specific purpose of having them conform to or elucidate a model: rather, to preserve what to my mind is implied in the term 'creative writing', only a few - one, perhaps - came to life as a technical exercise and the process of that tale's evolution is referenced in the essay.

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