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What can you do for the reader?: the literary effects of the second person narrative voice

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posted on 2022-03-29, 03:41 authored by Anthony Llewellyn Davis
This PhD thesis seeks to isolate and exploit the unique literary effects that can beachieved with the sustained second person narrative voice in fiction. Secondperson, particularly in its sustained form, is a fascinating but rarely used modeamong novelists, and has been given comparatively little attention by theacademy. The project involved a thorough review of current research, a reading ofevery sustained second person novel that could be identified, and a testing of whatwas learned by experimentation, ie, by the writing of original second personfiction.


Table of Contents

Chapter one. Creative component: "The flight" -- Chapter two. Introduction to sustained second person narrative -- Chapter three. Creative practice in practice : from Your story to "The flight" -- Chapter four. Literature review : second person narrative -- Chapter five. Literature review : sustained second person novels -- Chapter six. On Peter Kocan's The treatment and The cure duology -- Chapter seven. On Eddie Campbell's Alec : how to be an artist -- Chapter eight. Conclusion : the special qualities of the second person.


Bibliography: pages 295-314 Theoretical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Department, Centre or School

Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Willa McDonald


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