Thesis

Language, Actuality, Genre: Writing and Language in a Hybrid World

Strict genre distinctions fail to embody the consciousness of modern day texts and authors. The individual’s journey to language creates a unique story behind each word and utterance. The experience of the individual emphasizes language as agreement and exposes veiled language entitlement. Music is the force that gives life to writing. Writing is alive in the acts of reading and writing because of the musical decisions required for annunciation. On the page, unengaged writing is in a state of musical dormancy that complicates notions of exegesis and hermeneutics. The hybrid voice adds necessary dimensions to M.M. Bakhtin’s notions of dialogism. Defamiliarization serves to remove the linguistic filter between a person and human feeling. The latter half of this thesis project is a sample piece of my fiction that serves as praxis for these theoretical considerations. My protagonist returns to society as a feral young woman after being lost to the wild for three years as a child. Her existence causes upheaval in a society that is unprepared and unwilling to accept her otherness and her unintentional audacity.

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