Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Scatter; Or, A Series or Minor Inconveniences
by Hylton, Jessica K., Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 195; 10163288
Abstract (Summary)

“Scatter; Or, A Series of Minor Inconveniences” simultaneously explores the definition of Künstlerroman and provides an example of my own Künstlerroman. In the first section, I analyze the differences between Künstlerromane and anti-Künstlerromane, argue that gender does not determine if a Künstlerroman is successful or if it becomes an anti-Künstlerroman, and conclude that the contemporary creative writing classroom creates an artificial Künstlerroman environment with its expectations.

The second section, photography, mirrors my poetry in that my pictures focus on small human elements – both their presence and their absence. I’ve included several shots that I took of fellow photographers taking pictures. One features a teenager trying to figure out how to take a picture of a covered bridge. Another shows two photographers on their elbows and knees trying to get a perfect shot of a texture on the ground. These childish postures recall Bahktin’s Laughter and allow me as a photographer to analyze the composition process – “to examine it freely and experiment with it” – which is my goal with every section of my dissertation.

The third section, my erasure, is a redaction of a chapter in Wallace Stegner’s On Teaching Creative Writing. Its purpose is to provide satirical commentary on both academic writing and its close relative, the discourse of creative writing pedagogy. I chose Stegner’s work specifically because it is one of the most cited works in creative writing discourse. I treat Stegner’s words in a way that illustrates his continued influence on the field of creative writing while also ironically simultaneously silencing his voice.

The final section, poetry, aims to expose episodes of emotional intensity that we often try to forget, by presenting them in a raw, humorous way. While topics of the poems range from relationships, to writing, to casual observations, the underlying voice of the speaker never changes. It stays constant, never sugarcoating the negatives, but also finding hope, or at least absurdity, in impossibly mundane situations. Despite the range of topics, several themes develop throughout the work: the complex nature of sexuality, the relationship with the father, and the validity of narrative poetry as a form.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stetco, Dayana
Commitee: Fox, Willard, Griffin, Matthew
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing, Womens studies, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Original poetry
Publication Number: 10163288
ISBN: 978-1-369-17980-4
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