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"The Textures Of Music, The Sensuousness Of Paint." Cubist Influence In Patrick Whites "The Aunts Story"

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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: First Class Honours, , course: Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), language: English, abstract: This dissertation analyses the iuence of Cubism on Patrick Whites 1948 novel, The Aunts Story. Overlaying Cubist techniques, ideologies and methods a new level of meaning can be unearthed. It starts with a consideration of the combined factors that caused societal upheaval at the onset of the 20th century. The emergence of new technologies, scientific techniques and expanding schools of thought were social progressions that led to the popularisation of Cubism, literary Modernism and the dissection of the self through psychoanalytical theory. These ideas all embrthemes of fragmentation at their forefront, reflecting the splintered world that White experienced in Australia and abroad between the Wars. Whites attitude towards Freudian and Jungian schools of psychoanalysis is examined as well as his feelings about the importance of intuition. His travels, both geographically and spiritually, are seen to run in parallel with those of Theodora Goodman, the protagonist of The Aunts Story. The iuence of Cubism on Whites narrative style, formation of character and poetics is examined within the Modernist zeitgeist to explore the similarities in artistic ideologies, both visually and technically, between White and artists. Some of these artists were his contemporaries, such as Roy de Maistre, while others affected him from afar, like fathers of Cubism Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Similarities between The Aunts Story and key paintings reflecting Whites narrative are highlighted through a close analysis of the text in relation to plates by seminal Cubist artists. Focusing on the Cubist techniques of reconstruction and deconstruction, dimension, perspective, simultaneity, collage and fragmentation, The Aunts Storys fractured narrative is a superla Item Dimensions: 5.83" L x 0.21" W x 8.27" H








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