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University of Aberdeen Department of English

Works: 52 works in 89 publications in 2 languages and 145 library holdings
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Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Aberdeen, August 4-11, 1996 : scope, perspectives and methods of onomastics by International Congress of Onomastic Sciences( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and Miscellaneous languages and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature of region and nation( )

in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novels of Barbara Kingsolver : a case study in transnational American literature by Brenda Mellon Ebersole( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis analyzes Kingsolver's consistent critique of mainstream United States culture by focusing on her use of characters of various races and other cultures within her seven novels. Each chapter examines the manner in which her texts critique an aspect of United States culture: individualism in The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams, and Pigs in Heaven; imperialism in the United States and abroad in The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna; and anthropocentrism in Prodigal Summer and Flight Behavior. By consistently foregrounding protagonists who learn to listen to others and consequently craft creative solutions to cultural, political, and scientific problems, Kingsolver's novels present themselves as transnational American literature. This thesis considers transnationalism as a critical paradigm--a recurring pattern of creative thinking linked to internationalism but not contingent on it. Reading Kingsolver's novels as transnational literature not only acknowledges the various critical perspectives within Kingsolver scholarship, suggesting a way to move past the representational hurdles critics decry, but also, more importantly, provides a unified reading of her oeuvre to date

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The question that subverts : equitable drama on the early modern English stage, 1591-1621 by Scott Stephen( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracing new links between these works provides a sense of how early modern drama represented contentious issues surrounding gender, deviancy, and judgement. Ultimately, I argue that equitable drama is rooted in an early modern theatre informed by legal and social debate, which utilised interpretive difference to invigorate performance
Seductive and monstrous fictions : discourses of the orient in Walter Scott's Waverley novels by Sally Newsome( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The non-event, the event and techniques of representation in the novels of Frances Burney by Cassia Graye Martin( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frances Burney is often praised for her skills at capturing faithful portraits of contemporary society in her novels. Yet throughout her narratives are many scenes of unnatural, improbable and violent events which are normally associated with earlier traditions of romantic and sentimental fiction. Critics have attempted to resolve this seeming inconsistency in a variety of ways, some dismissing the strange juxtaposition as artistic immaturity. More recently critics have argued for a multifaceted Burney, who implements both scenes of sensational violence and polite etiquette. Pursuing instead a narratological approach, this thesis examines four innovative techniques that Burney uses to present sensational events in unconventional ways: the Non-Event technique, the Off-Page Event technique, the Split-Focus Event technique, and the Almost-Event technique. By using these narrative methods while foregrounding the conventionality of her plot material and working against generic expectations, Burney develops new ways of focusing the text upon the protagonist. Thus rather than the sensational events being evidence of her inability to liberate herself from earlier non-realistic traditions, they are instead an essential element to her influential methods of capturing 'life'
"The lady vanishes : women writers and the development of detective fiction" by Rachel Jane Smillie( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finally, chapter four addresses CL Pirkis's detective fiction alongside her work in other genres and uses these texts to interrogate traditional models of detective fiction
The translating effect : Neil M. Gunn, psychoanalysis and Scottish modernism by K. J Keir( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neil Gunn was one of the principal writers of the Scottish Literary Renaissance movement, the earlytwentieth century flowering of modernist literature in Scotland. Although some commentators have noticed the frequent mentions of psychoanalysis in his work, until now no wider study has been undertaken. In this thesis, I look at Gunn's interest in psychoanalysis in a number of different ways. This is down with the two-fold aim of first, providing a modern assessment of Gunn's work, and second, examining more broadly the history of modernism in Scottish literature. In the introduction, I propose an understanding of modernism based on the literary exploration of new theories of, in this case the mind. I argue that a complex understanding of the interplay of these new theories and literature serves better than a more simple concern with either intellectual developments or changes in literary form alone. In the first section, I look at Sun Circle and The Serpent in the light of psychoanalytic theories of 'primitive' psychology and the history of religion. In the second, I look at Highland River and The Silver Darlings in the light of Freudian and Jungian theories of personal development, regression, and childhood. In the third, I look at the way in which Gunn explores Freud's theories of the warring life- and deathinstincts in both The Shadow and The Lost Chart. I conclude by looking briefly at how Gunn's literary explorations of psychoanalysis link with the work of later writers such as Muriel Spark, Robin Jenkins, Alexander Trocchi, Alasdair Gray, Kenneth White and Alan Spence
Orra though it be : a northeast short story collection with exegesis by Shane Andrew Forman Strachan( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orra Though It Be is a short story collection which evokes the Northeast of Scotland through its setting, themes and language. In more universal terms, it depicts close-- knit communities opening up to the wider world in the age of globalisation and the disenchantment felt by individuals caught up in this process. The collection's introduction outlines the linguistic and aesthetic issues of representing the region to an outside audience. After analysing the available options, my preference for skaz is explained in relation to Mikhail Bakhtin's theories on dialogism and the carnivalesque. The first chapter of the exegesis analyses some of the earliest narratives to mix vernacular with the standard at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Key works by Maria Edgeworth, Walter Scott and James Hogg are dissected in light of how each writer's social context affected their presentation of 'subversive' oralities through artifice and unreliability. The second chapter moves onto writers of the Modernist period, contrasting the oral skaz writings of Russia's Nikolai Leskov with the more linear, literary stories of his contemporary Anton Chekhov. The impact of James Joyce's work on Northeast writers is then discussed with an especial focus on Lewis Grassic Gibbon. The third chapter considers the general cultural shift beyond the Enlightenment from communality to individuality alongside the tandem transition of literature from ballad--like objectivity towards modernistic subjectivity. James Kelman's experimentations with these styles are explored in order to show how they have influenced my own work. A larger concern with the expression of emotion in Scottish literature is also assessed. Tying together many of the ideas and methodological issues outlined thus far, the final chapter provides an in--depth reflection on the progression of three stories from first to final drafts and the evolution of the collection as a whole
The exploration of familial myths and motifs in selected novels by Jane Austen and Walter Scott by Anna Fancett( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overall this thesis demonstrates that the social, cultural and literary pressures which operated on the concept of the family in the Romantic period are manifested in a parallel complexity in the ways in which familial tropes operate in the work of Scott and Austen. However, it also shows that these two authors move beyond a merely representational engagement with social structures to provide a new and dynamic engagement with the idea of the family in the Romantic novel
Codes of power in Aphra Behn's drama by Sameeka S Gammanpila( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Things remembered, forgotten" : a collection of poetry, memory and poetic practice in selected works of H.D by Olive M Ritch( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The primary element of my thesis is the sequence of poems, which engages with the theme of memory in regard to the way remembering and forgetting offers both linguistic possibility and limitation; a sequence focusing on a woman's experience of dementia, and informed by a professional background in social work as well as my reading of H.D.'s major works. In the latter, I trace the significance of memory and its relationship to poetic creativity. Consideration of this relationship is explored in the secondary, critical component with regard to the influence of Sigmund Freud's theories on H.D.'s poetry. In Chapter One I refer to his dream techniques, condensation and displacement, and probe the way in which an understanding of Freud's methodology in relation to the reading of the dream-text also illuminates the reading of H.D.'s imagist poetry in terms of both being condensed versions of something that grows in size when analysed. Thus, I show that H.D.'s poetic practice requires her reader to make associations as well as connections between inner and outer realities as a means of revealing what is concealed. The focus on Freud's influence continues in Chapter Two with reference to H.D.'s long poem, Helen in Egypt, especially in relation to the examination of the way in which the poet engages with his psychoanalytic theories on the recovery of memories. Furthermore, H.D.'s revision of the Helen of Troy myth provides a means of exploring feminine subjectivity as Helen seeks self-knowledge through the discovery of her different selves; her quest, moreover, reflects the gradual process of remembering what had hitherto been forgotten. This paradox is also important to my own creative work and H.D.'s elucidation of the unconscious has informed my sequence of poems, Returns of the Past. In Chapter Three, I trace my own poetic development and practice with regard to inhabiting poetry for many years
Fragmentation of the self : Lacanian perspectives on Jean Rhys's longer fiction by Zulfqar Hyder Awan( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Rhys's primary concern in her fiction is the fragmentation of the self. Her Caribbean/postcolonial experience, her gender positioning and her encounter with modernism contribute to her experience of fragmentation. Lacanian theory provides a plausible framework to understand the idea of fragmentation in Rhys's fiction. Through the use of the mirror image across her longer fiction, Rhys presents her heroines' fragmented subjectivity. She further elaborates it through her heroines' engagement with language and its impact on their subject position. Rhys's engagement with the mirror image and the role of language in creating an individual's subject position aligns with the Lacanian theory of subject formation. In Rhys's vision death is the only possible resolution of the fundamental fragmentation of the self
"A silence that had to be overcome" : 50 poems and a personal statement on poetics by Lesley Dickson( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is in order to chart not only the evolution of my work but also the evolution of my own poetic imperatives. The final chapter reflects upon my use of free verse, looking briefly at the history of the form from the early twentieth-century onwards before going on to consider how the various theories and poetics which have grown out of the broadly vernacular, 'free verse revolution' have impacted formally upon my own work
The role of explicit and implicit grammar instruction in the Taiwanese University EFL context by Ya Ting Wen( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study emerges from an interest in the shortcomings in the production of grammatically accurate sentences by university students of English as a Foreign Language in Taiwan. Informed by second language acquisition theory, it is a quasi-experimental investigation of the effects of explicit grammatical instruction on university students ' EFL learning. Following the application of a pre-test the experimental group experienced explicit form-focused instruction in a communicative language teaching classroom for two semesters, receiving enhanced written input and undertaking linguistic consciousness-raising task, while the control group received no explicit grammatical instruction. Data were collected from recognition and written production tasks and students were interviewed on their linguistic performance to provide methodological triangulation. The statistical tools of Paired and Independent T-test, Chi-square, and Pearson's Correlation were used to determine whether there were significant inter- and intra-group differences based on the different classroom experience. The major findings of this study were that explicit grammatical instruction raised students' level of awareness of targeted forms significantly as they processed linguistic input and that subsequently their accurate production of these forms was enhanced. Differences in significance levels were discussed in the light of current debate on Second Language Acquisition with particular reference to the accessibility of Universal Grammar and the iv Minimalist framework. The results of this research indicate that a combination of focus on form and meaning is to be recommended within the content-based curriculum in Taiwanese university classrooms and the thesis ends with pedagogical implications for the application of explicit form-focused instruction in EFL learning
Female manners and morals : conduct books and their reflection in the novels of Frances Burney and Maria Edgeworth by Piroska M Balint( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis attempts to discover late eighteenth-century ideals of feminine behaviour. It reveals women's manners, morals and roles in society through two types of literary genres, the conduct book and the novel. The examination of the rules of behaviour which were designed for women to form their manners and morals both in the conduct books and in the selected novels enables us to determine the ideal that middle-class girls had to become in the turn of the century. I will look in detail at a number of eighteenth-century sources, including the most popular texts such as Hugh Blair's Sermons, James Fordyce's Sermons to Young Women, Hester Chapone's Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady and John Gregory's A Father's Legacy to His Daughters. The analysis of the novels of two important early woman novelists, Frances Burney and Maria Edgeworth, is an important aspect of this thesis. I provide a context for understanding the conduct-book ideology in their novels and highlight those manners, morals and modes of behaviour that the authors designed to teach their female readers. My aim throughout is to bring to light the ways in which the selected works of Burney and Edgeworth functioned as conduct books. It is important to readdress this subject matter as there has been little done, and mainly by some older school of critics, in discussing the ways Burney's and Edgeworth's works support the conduct-book ideology. My thesis, I hope, will add to the ongoing discussion by demonstrating how Burney's and Edgeworth's novels reinforce the conduct-book ideology and how they were, perhaps, read as conduct books
Novel upstarts : Frances Burney and the lower middle class by Elles Smallegoor( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frances Burney was the only major long eighteenth-century novelist to bring shopkeepers and tradesmen into literary focus. The current study seeks to shed light on this neglected aspect of the author's work. By combining textual analysis with historicist, and, to a lesser extent, biographical criticism, it examines the author's four novels alongside a cultural and literary trend that emerges in late eighteenth-century England and is defined by an increased fascination for, and hostility against, economically prospering retailers and smaller tradesmen. Through her fiction, Burney developed new strategies to represent the domestic trader as an unwelcome new upstart, and, it is argued, contributed to the popular conceptualisation of a social stratum that we nowadays call the lower middle class. Her novels should not be labelled reactionary. Even though they are implicated in traditional processes of stratification, they promote a progressive social vision in which the existence of the domestic trader is recognised rather than negated. More generally, this study argues that the concept of the lower middle class can be an enriching hermeneutic tool for scholars of eighteenth-century studies. By using the lower middle class as a conceptual framework within which to investigate not only Burney's novels but a whole body of writings on the subject of the upwardly mobile trader, it shows, firstly, that the historian can draw on eighteenth-century literature to capture a sense of how certain models of class come into being and, secondly, that the literary critic can effectively use the category of social class to make new discoveries, not only about eighteenth-century literature but also about Burney's unique contribution to the development of the novel genre
George Eliot, Geraldine Jewsbury and Margaret Oliphant as reviewers of the British novel, 1890-1970 by Isabel Seidel( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This PhD thesis explores the reviews of George Eliot, Geraldine Jewsbury and Margaret Oliphant to demonstrate their contributions to the evolution of a theory of the novel in the nineteenth century. In particular, it examines Eliot's reviews in the Westminster Review and the Leader in the 1850s, Jewsbury's reviews in the Athenaeum from 1850 to 1870 and Oliphant's reviews in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine from 1850 to 1870. The analysis of Eliot's, Jewsbury's and Oliphant's criticism of the nineteenth-century British novel focuses on such key concepts as genre (realism, sensation fiction, etc.), characterisation, plot, story and narrative structure. It shows how the reviews by these women helped to shape the methods and the discourse of literary criticism. This thesis also includes an exploration of Victorian periodical culture in connection with economic, cultural and social questions of the mid-nineteenth century, especially relating to the literary marketplace including book publishing practices, the purpose of fiction and the role of the critic, novelist and reader. Since Eliot, Jewsbury and Oliphant reviewed anonymously, they were able to engage in a literary dialogue about the purposes and practices of fiction in an arena where the question of their gender was not in the foreground. This thesis does, however, demonstrate the different career paths open to women in the Victorian literary marketplace. Comparing and contrasting the literary criticism of these three reviewers, this study evaluates their work from new perspectives and argues for greater recognition of the role of these writers to the development of the discipline of literary criticism. It thus constitutes an original contribution to existing scholarship. Overall, this thesis contributes to and extends research in three major areas of literary study: Victorian periodicals; the literary criticism of Eliot, Jewsbury and Oliphant; and the history of literary theory
"Dumbe maisters" : print, pedagogy, and authority in English literature, 1530-1612 by Rachel McGregor( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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