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The stranger within: Heaven on Earth and The secret river

Bentham, R (2014) The stranger within: Heaven on Earth and The secret river. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.

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This is a practitioner writer’s comparative study of two novels; 'The Secret River' by Kate Grenville, and 'Heaven on Earth' by Rachel Bentham. The focus is on the techniques used to depict characters of markedly different cultures to that of the writers particularly the characters and culture of indigenous people, in the context of the historical novel.. The research methods and the creative process used to develop indigenous and other characters are explored, providing a detailed critique of the creative work in terms of writerly choices of focus, narrative, imagery and voice. Both novels will be contextualised in terms of the writer's other works, with reference to 'otherness', anthropology and historical fiction generally. Overall, I shall be comparing the gains and losses resulting from the methods employed.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 10:54
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:27
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