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Order of Our Lady Cicada and mapping (non)representations of metamorphoses, tricksters and insects through seven stories

Braunstein, Michelle (2019) Order of Our Lady Cicada and mapping (non)representations of metamorphoses, tricksters and insects through seven stories. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

This doctoral thesis in creative writing comprises a novella — Order of Our Lady Cicada — and an exegesis which maps representations of metamorphoses, tricksters and insects through seven stories. The creative writing component is a literary artefact and a piece of research in itself. The exegesis is a further construction of new knowledge, addressing the novella among six other literary texts. The two pieces — novella and exegesis — are imbricated and both draw on theories from post-humanism, including New Materialisms and critical animal studies. Overall, this thesis problematises both representation and liberal humanism, seeking a corporeal relation with insects, tricksters and metamorphoses in the texts without settling on easy meaning-making. I have formed the two components of the dissertation by engaging methodologies of rhizomatic research, phenomenological research, “agnostic” research, voice-hearing and ficto-criticism.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation: Creative Media, Arts and Design
Supervisor(s): Moody, David and Lazaroo, Simone
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/55180
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