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Light the towel : narrative and the negotiated unconscious

Prendergast, Julia 2013, Light the towel : narrative and the negotiated unconscious, New Writing: The international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 167-181.

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Title Light the towel : narrative and the negotiated unconscious
Author(s) Prendergast, Julia
Journal name New Writing: The international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 167
End page 181
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1479-0726
1943-3107
Keyword(s) authorial intention
narrative
unconscious
hypnagogia
trace
Summary This investigation is a practice-based inquiry. It takes place in the context of writing and editing a novel manuscript: The earth does not get fat (Prendergast 2012). The unpublished novel manuscript is a fractured narrative, a tale told in multiple first-person voices. One of the problems the writer encountered, as the novel developed, was a problem from the perspective of logic and continuity: the stories did not fit together in a linear way. As a result, the writer felt estranged from the writing and, at the same time, strangely familiar with it. Despite having produced the narrative, the writer felt that it was ‘other’. This paper summarises the writer's methodology; it explains the writer's attachment to this fractured style of telling. This fractured style is assessed within the context of the mind's ability to produce its effects without full consciousness. The analysis of authorial intention therefore focuses upon the influence of altered states of consciousness upon narrative material. In particular, the writer uses Andreas Mavromatis’ (1987) work on hypnagogia: described as ‘the unique state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep’ to describe the experience of the operation of the unconscious in authorial intention.
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050329

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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