Altaring the literary landscape: an exploration of literary techniques for the representation of human sacrifice

Austin, C 2009, Altaring the literary landscape: an exploration of literary techniques for the representation of human sacrifice, Masters by Research, RMIT University.


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Title Altaring the literary landscape: an exploration of literary techniques for the representation of human sacrifice
Author(s) Austin, C
Year 2009
Abstract This MA by project explores the manifestation of human sacrifice in fiction. It includes a creative component: a novel, The bridge, and and exegetical component: 'Altaring the landscape:an exploration of literary techniques for the representation of human sacrifice'.

The exegetical component limits the scope of fiction investigated to the twentieth century and offers a clear aim: to identify literary devices used for the representation of human sacrifice, and to compare how the theme differs between literary and genre work.

After considering previous work in the area, case study analysis is drawn from one literary text: Don DeLillo's The names (with additional reference to Joseph Conrad's Heart of darkness and Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor) - and six horror genre texts - Ramsay Campbell's The nameless, THomas Tyron's harvest home, T.E.D Klein's The ceremonies, Hardy and Shaffer's The wickerman, H.P. Lovecraft's short story "the festival", and Stephen King's short story "Children of the corn". 

The second chapter considers formal elements and provides a technical discussion of what is represented on-off stage and the effects of these decisions on the reader, specifically via the paradox of (non)representation. The chird chapter explores the rhetorical issues and the relationship between text and reader. Chapter four considers the thematics, abd the nature of belief in relation to the intention of the sacrifice - contextualising the sacrifice within religious charade or pagan or Gnostic traditions. Chapter five draws conclusions and uses a table to readily identify areas of similarity and difference between the types of texts, and chapter six highlights the ways this research formed and coloured the creative component of the thesis.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
Keyword(s) human sacrifice
The bridge
literary techniques
belief
representation
horror
literary
genre
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