Who am I and why? : pressures on the writing self

Smith, Gary (2004) Who am I and why? : pressures on the writing self. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This thesis firstly comprises of (SNAPSHOTS) Snapshots of Broken Things : a collection of poetry and short prose fiction. Secondly, a critical and exegetical study which represents a concurrent and retrospective analysis and reflection of the creative work in relation to the central research questions, plus a literary-critical study of issues of identity and function pertaining to writers of literary fiction and poetry. The broad thematic concerns for the subject matter of SNAPSHOTS are personal and societal notions of identity: perceptions regarding the roles and functions of individuals within their famlies and communities; and the power structures, gender politics and social interrelationships inherent in these notions. In this regard SNAPSHOTS echoes the issues and concerns of the critical study, whilst the processes of its writing (detailed in a series of essays) serve as a major focus for investigation of the research questions regarding the function and identity of the writer.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15693
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Keywords Australian short stories, Australian poetry, Identity, family, family dynamics
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