Julia Lindqvist: a novel, and writing the unhappy queer ending

Hitchman, B (2018) Julia Lindqvist: a novel, and writing the unhappy queer ending. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.

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Abstract

This thesis is composed of interlocking creative and critical components. Its purpose is to understand how I, a lesbian-identified author, might approach writing an unhappy ending for lesbian characters in my novel. In recent years, academic criticism has focused on reclaiming the unhappy ending as a 'political gift'. Meanwhile, in the mainstream media and on social media networked-reading sites, we find an alternative discourse, in which LGBT readers continue to express disenchantment with the disproportionate number of unhappy endings for LGBT characters. 'Julia Lindqvist' uses practice-based research to find answers (novel as thinking-machine), whilst the critical study provides a theoretical framework for the enquiry. In 'Writing the unhappy queer ending', I focus on five key works of fiction which have influenced my own creative practice: texts by Alan Hollinghurst, Emma Donoghue, Patricia Duncker, Sarah Waters and Patricia Highsmith. Revisiting the endings of these texts, I listen to what they have to tell me about the act of writing an unhappy ending. Contrasting the first draft ending of 'Julia Lindqvist' with the final version, I discuss the ways in which this critical enquiry has influenced the ending of the novel.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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The document attached to this record is the contextualizing research section of the thesis only. It does not include the creative component, which is the manuscript for the novel 'Julia Lindqvist: a novel'.

This research was carried out in partnership with the University of Aberystwyth and funded by the South-West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

Keywords: creative writing, fiction, LGBT characters, lesbians in fiction, social media, mainstream media, story structure, endings in fiction
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 16:32
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 14:48
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