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Biography As A Searchlight: Finding The Frank Stanford Story Cycle In Ellen Gilchrist's Fiction

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Biography As A Searchlight: Finding The Frank Stanford Story Cycle In Ellen Gilchrist's Fiction

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dc.contributor.author Ward, Alyson en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-03T21:51:32Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-03T21:51:32Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-03
dc.date.submitted January 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-10861 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/5423
dc.description.abstract Ellen Gilchrist's short stories and novels form several story cycles that connect her characters and tie her work together into interdependent story groups. Her work is also strikingly autobiographical, featuring protagonists who resemble her in obvious ways. Though critics have identified many of Gilchrist's story cycles, one important cycle has been all but ignored: a young poet appears in a number of her stories, and for several of Gilchrist's protagonists, he serves as a catalyst for needed change. The poet is a fictional representation of the poet Frank Stanford, who died in 1978 but played the same life-changing role for Gilchrist herself. This thesis examines the truth/fiction parallels in Gilchrist's fiction, particularly in the stories that feature the Frank Stanford character, and argues that knowledge of Gilchrist's biography makes the Stanford story cycle visible - and places it in a larger cycle of writings about the poet. Thus, for an analysis of Gilchrist's work to be complete, Gilchrist's own life must be studied as a text alongside her stories, a narrative that supplements and complements her fiction. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Henderson, Desiree en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher English en_US
dc.title Biography As A Searchlight: Finding The Frank Stanford Story Cycle In Ellen Gilchrist's Fiction en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Henderson, Desiree en_US
dc.degree.department English en_US
dc.degree.discipline English en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. en_US

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