Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis will explore the work of Janette Turner Hospital. Her work
reveals the attempt to mediate between two levels of reality. The first may
be described as that which comprises the world of objective reality, of
everyday life, of western culture and the perceived centre. The other level is
perceived to exist on the margins of the first, and encompasses the subjective,
the unconventional, the Third World and the supernatural. The awareness
of this dichotomy, which has connective roots to Hospital's experience in both
Australia and Canada, has led her to search for the integration of these two
worlds. The difficulties of this quest form a central issue in Hospital's novels.
These difficulties include the belief that the world of the margin cannot be
truly known, especially from the perspective of the centre, and that, because
the two levels of reality coexist, they cannot be separated.
Gallagher, Christine, "The Paradox of the Margin in the Novels of Janette Turner Hospital" (1991). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6524.
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