Pathos : a metaphoric exploration of cannibalistic, gluttonous and consumptive impulses in fiction writing

de Koning, Nicole (2007) Pathos : a metaphoric exploration of cannibalistic, gluttonous and consumptive impulses in fiction writing. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


For the purposes of this exegesis, I focus on three specific aspects of my self ― cannibalism, of self (autophagia) and others, gluttony and consumption ― and demonstrate how these three nouns, when used as metaphors, operate within fictional writing, by examining them in relation to my thesis novel Pathos. To conduct this examination, the developed metaphors of autophagia / cannibalism, gluttony and consumption are applied to three distinct yet intertwined concepts in the writing of the thesis novel Pathos. These concepts comprise: the self and the writer in narrative fiction; narrative choice and narration, and the implications of desire within Pathos. I have chosen these particular metaphors and concepts, as I consider they offer fresh insight into the novel writing process and into the interactions between writer, characters and themes. I demonstrate how each metaphor and concept operates separately in my own work, as well as how each ‘feeds’ off the other in a circular fashion. My intention is to foreground the ways in which the writing process can ultimately cannibalise, gluttonise and consume itself.

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Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
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 Pathos (novel), narrative fiction, narrative choice, narration, novels, fictional writing, novel writing, Nicole de Koning, de Koning, writers, authors, cannibalism, autophagia, gluttony, consumption, metaphors, metaphoric, metaphorical
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