Pandora: A Children’s Novel and Exegesis

Jessica Miller (2011). Pandora: A Children’s Novel and Exegesis MPhil Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Jessica Miller
Thesis Title Pandora: A Children’s Novel and Exegesis
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-05
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Dr Kim Wilkins
Dr Hilary Emmett
Total pages 262
Total black and white pages 262
Language eng
Subjects 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Abstract/Summary This dissertation is made up of two components: the creative component is a children’s novel, for readers aged 10 -14, titled Pandora; the critical component is the accompanying exegesis. Pandora is the story of Weezy, a troubled toymaker, and Pandora – the protagonist – the porcelain doll that Weezy has created and brought to life to act as her companion. Weezy and Pandora live together in a small grey house, filled with dusty heirlooms. Underneath the house is Weezy’s workshop, a space forbidden to Pandora. When Pandora does, disobediently venture down to the workshop she discovers, locked away in a box, First Doll. First Doll is Weezy’s first, abortive attempt at creating a companion. When First Doll comes back to life, Pandora’s world – and her relationship with Weezy – is irrevocably changed. Pandora aims to look at the process of creation, and the responsibilities and problems attached to it, and is loosely inspired by the Greek story of Pandora, who also opened a forbidden box. The exegesis which accompanies Pandora employs narratological theory, and germinal feminist theories of domestic space, to analyse the significance of diegetic settings in Pandora as well as analysing other books set primarily in dollhouses. It will focus on the two spaces – the house and the garden – that make up the primary setting of Pandora; the relationship that is constructed between these spaces in the text; and the manner in which these two spaces alternately shaped, limited, and impelled the narrative. In doing so, it will address how my own conceptions of setting, and what it can do in narrative, have evolved and how this prompted a broader change in my conceptions of what kind of story I had written in Pandora.
Keyword Doll
Children's Literature

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