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dc.contributor.advisorVan Herk, Aritha
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Adrian Michael
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-16T17:05:36Z
dc.date.available2005-08-16T17:05:36Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.citationKelly, A. M. (2004). Down Sterling Road: a novel (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/20532en_US
dc.identifier.isbn0612934934en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/41655
dc.descriptionBibliography: p. 478en
dc.description.abstract"Down Sterling Road" is a novel that both underwrites and interrogates the conventions of the Künstlerroman, or novel of the artist's formation and development. Set in Southeastern Ontario during the International Year of the Child, 1979, the novel focuses on the means by which Jacob McKnight, a boy of twelve, and his father, John, attempt to resolve the grief and guilt caused by the accidental death of Jacob's twin, Cailan, and the resulting separation of Jacob's mother and father. Those means include long distance running, and, for Jacob, visual art and anatomical study. If, by the novel's conclusion, Jacob considers becoming (among other things) a visual artist, drawing is--for him-­primarily a vehicle through which he revisits memories of his brother and mother. Drawing, in other words, is a means by which Jacob begins to effect healing of himself, and of his troubled father. In contrast, the traditional Künstlerroman often depicts a Byronic artist-hero who, by virtue of his inborn genius, is divorced from normative society. He struggles, often at the expense of family and others, to realize his vocation and to enter the secular priesthood of Art. As the critical Preface to "Down Sterling Road" suggests, twentieth century fiction writers and critics have, with anachronistic exceptions, been critical of the Romantic and androcentric ideologies that underlie the traditional Künstlerroman. Nevertheless, the Preface argues, writers from Virginia Woolf to John Fowles betray a marked ambivalence about abandoning Romantic models of art and the artist. “Down Sterling Road” shares that ambivalence, despite its author’s critically informed self-consciousness. While the novel certainly troubles tropological hallmarks of the artist-novel, it negotiates a middle passage, ultimately, between Romantic aesthetics and contemporary cultural materialism.en
dc.format.extentvii, 478 leaves ; 30 cm.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.titleDown Sterling Road: a novel
dc.typedoctoral thesis
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/20532
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.namePhD
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
dc.identifier.lccAC1 .T484 2004 K435en
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
ucalgary.thesis.notesUARCen
ucalgary.thesis.uarcreleaseyen
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ucalgary.thesis.accessionTheses Collection 58.002:Box 1510 520492027


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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.