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研究生(外文):Huang, Chiu-Mei
論文名稱(外文):The Emplotted Truth in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace
指導教授(外文):Lee, Chia-Yi
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Historical texts are supposed to reflect the whole past; unfortunately, historical texts are not really faithful to the true past due to historians’ emplotment. Atwood thus calls into question that history is built on objective written documents. The written records concerning the murder and the historical Grace Marks also become highly questionable and unreliable. My thesis will not only tries to rethink how history is provided on the basis of events, but also to question how events are emplotted to give meaning. Moreover, I would like to examine how Atwood deploys emplotment and delivers meanings by virtue of storytelling in Alias Grace. The subject will be considered under the following four chapters including Chapter one: introduction, Chapter Two: juxtaposition of texts, Chapter Three: the symbol of quilting, and Chapter four: conclusion. Chapter one will introduce Alias Grace and Atwood’s essay, “In search of Alias Grace: on Writing Canadian Historical fiction,” and highlights the problematics of the unreliability of given documents. Chapter two examines what kinds of factors cause the differences and unreliability of documents. Chapter three elaborates on the symbol of quilting to unravel how Grace uses storytelling to survive. Chapter four recapitulates my thesis and explains why Atwood re-emplots Grace’s events and composes Alias Grace.

Chinese Abstract ii

English Abstract iii

Acknowledgement iv

Table of Contents v

Chapter One: Introduction 1
Looking For the Past 3
Emplotment and Unreliability 7
Juxtaposition of Texts and the Symbol of Quilting 9
Conclusion 16
Chapter Two: Juxtaposition of Texts 18
Constructed Imagination and Memory 19
Differences 21
Textual Dialogue---Profession, Class, and Gender 24
Ideological Construction 33
Chapter Three: The Symbol of Quilting 38
Natalie Zemon Davis’ Culture of Storytelling 39
Practice of Storytelling: Journalist, Susanna Moodie, Kenneth MacKenzie 43
Practice of Storytelling: Grace Marks 47
Practice of Storytelling: Margaret Atwood 56
Chapter Four: Conclusion 58
Works Cited 64

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