Kelly Poynter's Thesis Presentation

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Kelly Poynter's Thesis Presentation

We invite you to attend the Thesis Presentation of Kelly Poynter, a Doctor of Creative Arts candidate within the School of Communication and Creative Industries, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: Housing the past: reconstructing identity in contemporary 'fictions of memory' 

Presenter: Kelly Poynter

When: Thursday, 19 April from 2-3pm

Where: Building E, E1.03

Abstract: The entangled relationship between memory, identity and narrative often remains unexamined in our day-to-day lives. Disseminating this relationship through ‘fictions of memory’ (the genre designation for literature that concerns itself with memory and its related themes [Neumann 2003]) can aid our understanding of ourselves, our past, and the dynamic nature of all the elements that work together to construct identity.

Using the conceptual lens of several key theorists including literary critic Brigid Neumann, psychologist Frederic Bartlett, neuroscientist Oliver Sacks and philosopher Hanna Arendt, this project identifies the common genre characteristics of ‘fictions of memory’ and explicates how these representations can lead to a deeper understanding of the nature of memory, identity and narrative. The project identifies the commonalities between the writing process and the nature of memory, and demonstrates how understanding and embodying these commonalities as a creative practitioner-researcher can aid the construction of a ‘fiction of memory’. Further, it examines the phenomenological implications of a house on memory and identity, and how literary representations of building a house can explicate the links between memory and identity.

Through a combination of practice-led research and research-led practice, this research culminated in the construction of a creative artefact entitled ‘The substance we are made of’, a ‘fiction of memory’ novel that explores the unreliable nature of memory and examines the ways we recollect and reconstruct events to bridge the temporal chasm between past and present self.

Bio: Kelly Poynter is a Doctorate of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) candidate who currently works as an editor for an academic journal in the health sector, and a freelance copywriter across multiple industries. She holds a graduate certificate in editing and an undergraduate degree majoring in English and Art History. When not engaged in wordplay, she spends her time getting lost in nature, usually accompanied by her faithful canine companion.

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