Within the Folds
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Within the Folds examines sexuality and motherhood at the dawning of a global cybernetic age. This dissertation is in two parts; a 10,000 word Creative Narrative and a 6,000 word Critical Reflective Commentary exploring significant themes, theories and creative writing techniques. The author has drawn upon work by both theoretical and creative writers such as Julia Kristeva, Monique Wittig, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. She has then examined these in the light of contemporary work including Sarah Dillon‟s The Palimpsest (2007), Donna Haraway‟s Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (1991); Sadie Plant‟s Zero’s and Ones (1998) as well as novels and poetry by Michel Houellebecq. The resulting composite creative piece is written in nine sections. Themes of pregnancy and birth, layering, recursive patterning and rhizonomic growth are woven into the narrative and also contribute to a dynamic and aesthetic overall structure. The narrative cycle starts somewhere between now and the future, with a child‟s stream of consciousness as she contemplates modern life, where humans are exploring „a joint kinship between animals and machines‟ (Haraway, 1991). It traces back through layers of time, via 1930‟s Germany, to the prehistoric caves at the „cradle of humanity‟ and eventually returns to the original time frame with the imminent birth of a child to a surrogate mother amidst massive land shifts and geological flux. The work includes diary entries, art work and Photo-shopping, as visual written images consistent with the conceptual framework. The author intends for the work to stand alone as a composite short story cycle and yet aims to use it as part of her process in the realisation of a novel. She has therefore included appendices to further contextualise her vision of the future work.
MA English Literature and Creative Writing
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