Grant, Jessica (2003) Bedazzler. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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My thesis has two components: a novella and a brief critical essay. In the essay, entitled This Place is a Circus: Juggling Voice, Parody, and Silence in Bedazzler, I explain my artistic goals and some of the difficulties I encountered in writing the creative piece. -- Bedazzler is a novella in ten chapters. At the centre of the story is a diamond necklace, originally given to Ulysses S. Grant by the emperor Maximilian of Mexico. Celie, the current heir and owner, has four granddaughters: Lucy, Claudia, Gwen, and Devorah. When they are children, their grandmother tells them: The first of you to sing professionally will inherit the necklace. They grow up to be writers, however, not singers. Celie makes an adjustment. She will hold a different kind of contest: a short story for the necklace. She imposes only one restriction: Each story must begin with the same sentence, selected by her. -- The novella opens with Lucy, the protagonist, having lost the contest. Knowing she will never inherit the necklace, she steals it. Bedazzler is her story -- the story of the people, places, and object that bedazzle her, and of her struggle to become heroic -- and bedazzling -- herself.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 6986
Additional Information: Includes a critical essay entitled This place is a circus: juggling voice, parody and silence in Bedazzler. -- Bibliography: leaves 179-180.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > English Language and Literature
Date: 2003
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Creative writing; Canadian fiction

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