Myfyriwr ymchwil, Creative Writing, Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth
Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.
My research interests include prose fiction, novel writing, and YA fiction. As a French native writing creatively in English, I'm also interested in matters of translation, and in the structures and nuances of language.
I have been a postgraduate tutor in Creative Writing at ENCAP for two years.
Like a River towards the Sea: Writing the Unfamiliar
My thesis comprises a historical novel set in Bologna, and a critical thesis about the creative research involved in recreating a place foreign to the writer.
My Italian grandmother inspired the novel: though a very intelligent woman, she was poor, unable to study as she would have wished, and felt that marriage was the only way out. My narrative sees a young woman from the north leaving her village in an attempt to escape this life, and becoming involved in the Bolognese struggle during the Second World War. The novel explores the condition of Italian women at the time, with themes such as tradition versus modernity, transgression, coming of age, ethics and religion, and the fluid definition of womanhood. My critical thesis will investigate the process of ‘writing the unfamiliar.’ I will touch on ethical concerns such as the ‘right’ to tell a story, as well as the actual and fictional representations of Italy in British culture today. I will also explore the issues related to language: how does a writer create the impression that the characters are speaking their mother tongue, despite the novel being written in English? Is it possible to truthfully represent a foreign language?