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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cortile: World Building & the Traveler Archetype
by Robert, Neal Anthony, M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 94; 10616444
Abstract (Summary)

The goal of this thesis is to elucidate the nature of character perspective in regard to worldbuilding for a setting. My research involved delving into writing journal articles, examining the formatting of stories in how they introduced their settings, and general reading. My main focus was on fictional tales, especially those that used the traveler archetype. Also, I examined how the reader’s view of the given world changes depending on the character whose eyes they are looking at the environment through. In my critical introduction, I address the issues and structure related to use of the traveler archetype in stories. In my own stories, I exemplify these characteristics by showing worlds from different perspectives. I conclude that the traveler archetype works well toward building a setting for the reader to explore due to the perspective it offers, because both the character’s and the reader’s eyes are fresh when making contact with the foreign.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hoagland, Sadie
Commitee: Davis-McElligatt, Joanna, Stetco, Dayana
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing
Keywords: Archetype, Cortile, Fantasy, Fiction, Traveler, World building
Publication Number: 10616444
ISBN: 978-0-355-85390-2
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