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Reading through binoculars and critical commentary: a story about stories

Reading through binoculars and critical commentary: a story about stories
Reading through binoculars and critical commentary: a story about stories
This thesis comprises an original novel, Reading Through Binoculars, and a critical commentary: a story about stories. Binoculars charts the journey of Miti Popov, as he goes in search of his missing mother across Bulgaria. An avid reader, the books Miti reads begin to impose themselves upon the people and places he encounters on his travels. Side by side with Miti’s narrative are a series of short stories, the stories on the wind, written when he is much older, and extracts from his father’s notebook, a sense of history: a blind man’s view of Bulgaria. The critical commentary explores the processes of writing the novel and how theories of intertextuality and relationships between text and the reader, the construction of national identities in Bulgaria’s past and present, and notions of cosmopolitan theorist’s awareness of difference were all influential upon, and filtered into, the writing of binoculars.
Cole, James
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Cole, James
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HUSSEIN, AAMER
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Primorac, Ranka
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(2013) Reading through binoculars and critical commentary: a story about stories. University of Southampton, Faculty of Humanities, Doctoral Thesis, 358pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

This thesis comprises an original novel, Reading Through Binoculars, and a critical commentary: a story about stories. Binoculars charts the journey of Miti Popov, as he goes in search of his missing mother across Bulgaria. An avid reader, the books Miti reads begin to impose themselves upon the people and places he encounters on his travels. Side by side with Miti’s narrative are a series of short stories, the stories on the wind, written when he is much older, and extracts from his father’s notebook, a sense of history: a blind man’s view of Bulgaria. The critical commentary explores the processes of writing the novel and how theories of intertextuality and relationships between text and the reader, the construction of national identities in Bulgaria’s past and present, and notions of cosmopolitan theorist’s awareness of difference were all influential upon, and filtered into, the writing of binoculars.

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Published date: May 2013
Organisations: University of Southampton, English

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Local EPrints ID: 374765
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374765
PURE UUID: 9b5d7cd6-e6e2-4289-9cf6-7541b267eb7e

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Date deposited: 11 May 2015 09:45
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 04:01

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Author: James Cole
Thesis advisor: AAMER HUSSEIN
Thesis advisor: Ranka Primorac

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