Lawns of America & On My Mind: The Shared Vision of Collaboration in absentia

Page, Jocelyn. 2016. Lawns of America & On My Mind: The Shared Vision of Collaboration in absentia. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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The study of collaboration promotes discussion on issues of authorial identity and individual agency that contribute to new understandings of classification and methodology in poetic practice. Applying the theories of the function of the author written by Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault onto the collaborative process, we can test our own notions of the effects and importance of the author’s initial decisions and purposes on a text, the reader’s subsequent agency within the process, and, by extension, the idea that collaboration can occur outside the reciprocal arena, or, in absentia. With this theory established, we can start to consider the possibility that absentia can apply not only to the author but also his text, not simply a product-oriented intertextuality, but rather a process between the translator and the person translated as it is documented and appropriated within the site of the text. Employing Walter Benjamin’s principles on translation and the nature of language, and examining this writer’s own creative work and practice, we will see how authors can collaborate with a shared vision, retaining individual ownership, while also affecting some degree of change or reconsideration to both the more recent and the resurrected text.

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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Creative Writing, Collaboration, English, Poetry

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English and Comparative Literature


31 March 2016

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08 Apr 2016 10:16

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08 Sep 2022 11:38


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