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BLUEBERRIES & THE ESSAY AS INSTITUTION?: Tracing ideology in the contemporary essay

posted on 09.10.2019, 04:24 by Ellena Savage
This creative writing thesis offers an exploration of the generic lineage and limits of the contemporary essay in the interests of ascertaining its radical, even revolutionary, status and potential. Focusing on institutions as spaces that regulate social roles and power relations, this thesis traces the contemporary essay’s genealogy in three directions: its liberal-Humanist origins; its complex foothold within the university; and its deployment as a socially engaged literary form in the wake of second-wave feminism, bringing it into conversation with #metoo.


Principal supervisor

Melinda Harvey

Additional supervisor 1

Ali Alizadeh

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Language, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing)

Degree Type


Campus location



Faculty of Arts