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Cult: A Composite Novel

Joseph, Vinita (2014) Cult: A Composite Novel. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:47604)

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Cult (redacted)

Part 2 picks up Ellen’s story some twenty or so years later and explores what becomes of her in middle age. It also looks at other groups in society, such as academia, the law and the internet dating community which each have their own jargon, hierarchies, rituals and rules but are not considered to be cults.

The second part of the thesis is both a critical and creative response to three contemporary American books: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout; A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan; and Legend of a Suicide by David Vann. The critical element comprises a close reading of the three books; a chronological reconstruction of their overarching storylines; and a consideration of what their authors have said about writing the books. It concludes that, in the composite novel, the simultaneous presentation of multiple views and storylines operate much like a 3D image to give the impression of depth to the characters and situations rendered. The creative element of the essay is a playful and personal response to the texts.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Debney, Patricia
Thesis advisor: Stirrup, David
Uncontrolled keywords: Cult Composite Novel Tim Guest Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge David Vann Legend of a Suicide
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 01:00 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47604 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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