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My sister chaos : women and exile : a novel and inter-layered exegesis

Fergus, Larissa (2010) My sister chaos : women and exile : a novel and inter-layered exegesis. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

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My Sister Chaos: Women and Exile is a creative writing thesis in a single volume. It comprises a novel - My Sister Chaos - and exegesis. Both novel and exegesis are centred around a research question: 'What are some ways of constructing and representing the idea of exile as it relates to women, particularly as lesbians and as artists?' The novel responds creatively to the question, and the exegesis engages it through the forms and processes of academic analysis. The research draws on the theoretical frameworks of feminist human rights and socio-political theory, as well as lesbian feminist literary theory and philosophy. Conceptual links and associations are created, images juxtaposed, and patterns identified to generate new ideas through the interaction of both creative and 'academic' methodologies. The broad question of how exile is experienced by women is layered with considerations of how women who reject 'the category of sex' live in a society founded upon that distinction, and how they, as artists, seek to understand and represent a world to which they do not 'belong.'

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: literature, novels, fiction, homosexuality, lesbians, women artists, feminism, conceptual location, conceptualisation, methodology
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 03:17
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 00:59
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/30098
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