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dc.contributor.advisorHarvey, Siobhan
dc.contributor.advisorKidd, Kerry
dc.contributor.authorO'Rourke, Maris Lillian
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-29T22:33:41Z
dc.date.available2016-05-29T22:33:41Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.date.created2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/9828
dc.description.abstractZigzags and Leapfrogs: A Memoir, is a description of my quest to reconcile two, often conflicting, aspects of my existence. One is my search for a place to belong, a place to be assimilated into, a place to stand, my tūrangawaewae; the other is my obsessive desire to achieve, and preferably succeed, to be different from/to stand above the crowd. The memoir begins in the present day and, come the conclusion, returns to it. Between first chapter and last, important events and influences in my life are examined in roughly chronological order. However, a variety of approaches has been taken to create a collage, rather than a straight chronology: for example, a graphic comic sequence, poems, anecdotes, photographs, a fairy tale, a questionnaire, and excerpts from an interview of me by someone else. The accompanying exegesis, The Past is a Foreign Country, details the process I went through to deal with things such as facing difficult issues, ethics and truth, genre, archiving of material and the shape and structure of the memoir as a work of creative non-fiction. Combined, thesis and exegesis strive to create what Natalia Rachel Singer calls a hybrid memoir: …in which a writer presents a life through a lens that reflects both inward and outward.... [T]he best memoirists allow their life experiences to shed light on a culture, a historical moment, a time, a place, a social problem, a political issue that remains timely. This aspect of the memoir needs further development and deepening.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectCreative non-fictionen_NZ
dc.subjectMemoiren_NZ
dc.subjectHybrid-memoiren_NZ
dc.subjectCollage-memoiren_NZ
dc.subjectChronologyen_NZ
dc.subjectAutobiographyen_NZ
dc.subjectArchiving issuesen_NZ
dc.titleThe Past is a Foreign Countryen_NZ
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Creative Writingen_NZ
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dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2016-05-27T03:06:34Z
aut.filerelease.date2018-12-08
aut.filerelease.date2018-12-8


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