A Novel and Exegesis Exploring the Slipstream Genre and Its Relevance in the 21st Century
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In this thesis, the Slipstream genre and tragicomedy are used to explore and convey the psychological damage and coping mechanisms that the protagonist, Sheryl Chateaupon, uses to firstly bury the traumas of her past, and then confront and resolve them. Sheryl is a middle-aged woman living alone on a run-down tower block complex in East London. Her story is told in both the first person and the third person subjective. The veracity of her narrative is questionable. Are the events real or figments of her imagination? The over-arching theme is coming to terms with repressed guilt and grief. The exegesis will explore the Slipstream genre as a postmodern artefact and its relevance in today’s World.