Sculpting in ice: writing for the postmodern stage

Colclough, Jeremy (2006) Sculpting in ice: writing for the postmodern stage. Doctoral thesis, St Martin’s College, Lancaster University.

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In the following thesis I argue that from within a postmodern framework the ‘realist narrative mode’ finds its position as the narratological form of choice for communicating historical and biographical ‘truth’ under question. Furthermore, as the formal distinctions between ‘fictional’ and ‘factual’ writing become less clear, I propose that the writer’s approach to his/her craft must also be redefined. Under such conditions I argue that each individual text defines and legitimises its own particular terms of reference and narrative form. The act of writing within a postmodern framework therefore, is not only a craft, but also a philosophical activity and as such requires the writer to enter the world of theoretical fiction. Sculpting in Ice is the product of one such text entering into this process. This thesis demonstrates in action the process by which the play text for Sculpting in Ice develops its own theory of fiction through the writing of that fiction. The primary focus of the thesis is, therefore, to explore the relationship between writing and theory and to render explicit the particular ‘theory of fiction’ created during the writing of Sculpting in Ice.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Doctoral)
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Performing Arts
Additional Information: Submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, St. Martin's College, Lancaster, England.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 15:04
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 19:30


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