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Heartwood, a story

Hurley, UK 2016, Heartwood, a story , The Argotist Online, Liverpool.

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This novella length text is the first volume in the Heartwood trilogy. It stages a praxical enquiry in which the creative texts perform a triple function: as original literature, as documents of process, and as critical enquiry. In so doing the texts add to our understanding of how life history and gender influence literary production, and delineate the nexus of fiction/biography/autobiography, both in terms of the individual writer negotiating the matrix of self and other, and in terms of the author in a wider social and historical context. The main apparatus for this investigation is a work of prose fiction that exploits the ability of the novel to sustain a critical exploration while simultaneously delivering a satisfying narrative. It is a composite text that, I argue, works as historiographic metafiction to dramatise key events in the apparently disparate lives of three women who are separated by historical and social context. The relationship between the three women becomes visible as the narratives gradually reveal their connections. Via this structure, layers of resonance accrue as the themes outlined above are worked through in this fictional space.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: The first chapter won the Unbound Press First Chapter Prize, 2010 and the entire text was short-listed for the MMU Novella Award 2014 (top 7 from an international field of 140).
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: The Argotist Online
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Ursula Hurley
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 11:20
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2016 08:11

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