What we don't know: liminality, marginality and narrative mode in David Belbin's fiction

Belbin, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-1913-8205, 2016. What we don't know: liminality, marginality and narrative mode in David Belbin's fiction. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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This thesis consists of a selection of my published work from 1989-2015, accompanied by an essay and a bibliography. The essay looks at the ways in which I am drawn towards marginal and liminal zones within fiction, including the areas between Young Adult (YA) and Adult fiction, crime fiction and literary fiction, and that between depicting reality and fictionalising it. I also consider the use of narrative mode in defining these liminal areas. By 'liminal', I mean occupying a position at, or on both sides of a boundary or threshold, rather than the word's other, looser sense, where it means 'vague'. The examples of fiction selected are intended to display the range of my published work since joining Nottingham Trent University. The order in which the pieces are discussed is broadly chronological. There is an introductory section about and brief examples of my work prior to 2002. While the work selected has been chosen primarily to be representative of my published work, they also illustrate the liminal and marginal zones referred to above. The majority of the extracts and stories that follow are taken from those published during the thirteen years I have worked at Nottingham Trent University. The texts used are taken from the published versions. Consequently the editorial conventions applied to chapter headings, double or single speech marks et al. are not consistent. While I have endeavoured to correct typographical errors that appeared in the original publications, I have not attempted to improve the style.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Belbin, D.
Date: March 2016
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Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Nov 2016 16:04
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:08
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29006

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