Words to Shape my Name

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dc.contributor.advisor Walshe, Eibhear en
dc.contributor.advisor O Gallchoir, Cliona en
dc.contributor.author McKenna, Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-29T11:36:38Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.date.submitted 2019
dc.identifier.citation McKenna, L. 2019. Words to Shape my Name. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7999
dc.description.abstract Words to Shape my Name consists of a novel and a critical commentary on the creative process and context of writing it. The novel is a re-imagining of the life of Tony Small, an escaped slave who became the manservant of Lord Edward Fitzgerald. It comprises several narrative strands. The main voice is that of Tony himself; he has been coerced into writing an account of Fitzgerald. This narrative is then subject to erasures, edits and commentary by Lady Lucy Fitzgerald. The third strand is narrated by Tony’s daughter, Harriet, fifty years later, when she receives her father’s papers. The three layers provide a reflection on truth and identity and what gets recorded and left out of history. The commentary explores some of the issues that arise in fictionally recreating real past lives. The first part outlines my original research findings regarding Tony Small and his family. It also highlights previously undocumented events during Fitzgerald’s travels that had key significance for the novel. The second section examines voice in fiction and explores the ethical and aesthetic challenges in giving voice to real people, across time and race. In the final part, my creative decisions are explored in the light of this research and the critical context. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2019, Laura McKenna. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Creative thesis en
dc.subject Historical novel en
dc.subject Lord Edward Fitzgerald en
dc.subject Tony Small en
dc.subject Voice en
dc.subject Slavery en
dc.subject Rebellion en
dc.subject Slave narrative en
dc.subject Palimpsest en
dc.title Words to Shape my Name en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school English en
dc.check.type No Embargo Required
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
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dc.internal.conferring Summer 2019 en


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