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AbstractThis experimental short novel and thesis examines the techniques used by Jack Kerouac and Alan Bissett, to create a 'natural voice' and my efforts to achieve similar effects. In 'Small Trip' I explore the techniques and methods Kerouac used when writing his book, On the Road experimenting with syntactic drive, stream of consciousness and 'spontaneous prose' styling. I wanted to see how the natural voice is supported through the characterisation and setting of the story. In addition I studied experimental typographical techniques from Alan Bissett and B.S. Johnson and used Bissett's typographical and syntactic techniques to add energy and intensity to the narrators 'voice'. I examine the role of the narrator, the use of autobiographical material within this genre, and discuss the way in which the writer's 'self-mining' contributes to the natural voice. I found Kerouac's method of writing continuously without a formal plan was an effective device to generate a consistent 'natural voice' but caused problems with plot development and range within the characters.
CitationDuddridge, D. (2006) '‘Small trip’ : looking for the natural voice'. MA by research thesis. University of Luton.
PublisherUniversity of Bedfordshire
TypeThesis or dissertation
DescriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Luton, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MA by Research in Creative Writing
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