Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Jirgens, Karl (English Language, Literature and Creative Writing)

Keywords

Canadian Literature.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

News from the Front chronicles the experiences of narrator/protagonist Griffin Keeping, a former soldier and veteran of the Afghanistan War, following his return home to Newfoundland after his release from active duty. Keeping suffers from a fractured psyche as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and struggles to reintegrate himself into society, alienated from his family and environment. The work includes elements of epistolary fiction, as letters from Keeping's great grandfather, a soldier of the First World Word, are interspersed throughout. The use of narrative disjunction reflects Keeping's psychic fragmentation.

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