Fragments of a Map explores the journey towards completion
for two women.
Their journey is mirrored in the narrative by the women's attempt to
unravel the provenance of the Vinland Map. Central to the narrative is
the question: "Is the Vinland Map a valuable 15th century map or
a clever forgery?"
The novel, through its concerns and structure, plays with the notion
of research in the creative arts.
This exegesis comments upon the concerns of the novel, and the writing
and research processes.
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Tess Brady, known officially as Mariwyn Nelson Brady submits her novel,
Fragments of a Map, and the exegesis, An exegesis concerning
the novel, Fragments of a Map, as fulfilment of the requirements
for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. She has been assisted in this
process by her supervisors Ms Judith Rodriguez of Deakin University and
Dr Nigel Krauth of Griffith University.
The novel, Fragments of a Map explores the journey towards completeness
of the main character Meridian, and her friend Crete. As a metaphor of,
and a commentary on this journey, the narrative concerns itself with Meridian's
efforts to discover the provenance of a 15th century map whose authenticity
is held in considerable doubt.
The exegesis traces the development of the thematic concerns of this
novel. It also focuses on the writing process employed and on one of the
relationships between creativity and research.
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