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ReFraming - Transformations of subjectivity through writing


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Rockel, A 2000 , 'ReFraming - Transformations of subjectivity through writing', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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ReFramingl comprises an introduction, five chapters and a conclusion. The
introduction describes the inception of the project in a study of writing practiceS
among'a group of fiction writers, which identifies a process of self-transformation as
an experience common to members of the group. Having identified this experience as
the subject of study for a thesis,it gives a rationale for a choice of the work of
poet and novelist Janet Frame,in that she enacts through her writing a process of
subjective change that embodies the self-transformation identified as integral to
creative practice. The introduction also signals the project of reading the work of
Midhel de Certeau, and Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari alongside that of Frame, as
theorists who offer approaches to understanding subjective trasformation.

Chapter One places the work of Frame alongside that of the literary theorist and
philosopher Michil de Certeau as a way of reading motivation in Frames's work. This
chapter conducts a thematic survey of the novels' concerns with experiences of
subjective confinement, using Certeau's figuration of language structures as sites of
constraint and subversion, and linking Frame's response with Certeau's ideas of
tactics and strategies.

Chapter Two surveys the work of the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari . .
on processes of creative thought as they relate to narratorial practices in Frame's
novels, and relates her project to their concept of becoming, via the genre of minor
literature. The chapter presents an argument that Frame's writing enacts a double
becoming in that her creation of altered subjective space for herself also creates
possibilities of collective change.

Chapter Three conducts a chronological survey of Frame's novels, identifying
structural elements and linguistic approaches to the creation of altered subjectivity in
writing. It treats Frame's body of work a written entity characterised by an
elaboration of the procedures and concepts through which subjective change can be
understood. Another movement of double becoming is presented in the movement by
which the praxis of each successive book forms'a 'theoretical" base for further praxis
in the work that follows.

Chapter Four approaches the relation of a reading/writing collective to this
transformative theorising of subjectivity through a writing practice. The chapter '
begins by considering ways in which Frame gives voice to the connection of writing
to the collective, tracing her characters' articuilation of a responsibility to speak before
those who have been unable to do so. It goes on to consider the reflex of this. doubling
of Frame's becoming,through responses of the collective to herwork.

Chapter Five comprises a collection of poems written as part of the thesis, enacting
and meditating on ways my own theoretical and writing practices have modified one
another in the process of thinking and writing. The poems are also a direct response to
Frame's work, thus forming an extension of the previous chapter's considerations of
collectivity in reading/writing.

The conclusion summarises the movement of ideas throughout the thesis using
Frame's references to-point of view as a structuring device.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Rockel, A
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