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Subject/Keyword
Carol Shields
Biography
Fiction
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Stafford, Amy
Supervisor and department
Stovel, Nora (English and Film Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Demers, Patricia (English and Film Studies)
Penrod, Lynn (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Department
Department of English and Film Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-10-06T15:49:00Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis examines the intersections between biography and fiction in three novels and one biography by Carol Shields: Small Ceremonies, Swann, The Stone Diaries, and Jane Austen. By writing about biography and biographers in each novel, Carol Shields foregrounds the subject of biography and emphasizes its reliance on imagination and creative interpretation. At the same time, she stresses the deficiencies in the factual records of Jane Austen's life in her biography. Although biography is considered to be the more factual of the two genres, Shields establishes that only fiction has the power to portray people's inner lives, and that certain truths are therefore accessible only through fiction. Shields is especially interested in using fiction to recover the life stories of women, which have often been lost from historical record.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R39Q4D
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License granted by Amy Stafford (als2@ualberta.ca) on 2009-10-02T06:04:42Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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