Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dilworth, T.

Keywords

Literature, Modern.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

My analysis and treatment of this text is divided into a foreword, three chapters and, of course, the edited diary. Chapter One engages in a literary theoretical discussion of the significance and validity of such a scholarly project within a literary tradition. I argue that through a close reading of the text, understanding of its context, and knowledge of its writer, and the conditions under which it was produced, it is possible to extract from the fragmented diaries, a comprehensive and relatively complete narrative. From there I move to a less theoretical and more factual chapter. In Chapter Two I provide the reader with historical background and context. Drawing on numerous sources, this chapter illustrates what daily life was like on the 'death marches' at the end of the Second World War. It discusses sleeping conditions, food, illness, politics, and use of power. Although not analytical, this chapter is essential for a complete and informed reading of the diary. Chapter Three lays out my methodological approach to editing the diary, and provides the reader with the necessary information for deciphering and understanding the text and its annotations. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .T38. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0565. Adviser: Tom Dilworth. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.

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