Magic, metafiction and machines: the evolution of Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Student, A. (2016) Magic, metafiction and machines: the evolution of Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This dissertation will explore the evolution of Sir Terry Pratchett's best-selling fantasy Discworld series. I will be predominantly answering the question posited by critics and fans during the final few years of the Discworld series' publication: 'Did the Discworld lose its magic?' In order to answer this question I will examine Pratchett's evolving attitudes towards magic, metafiction and machines, focusing especially on how his writing moved away from the former two and towards the latter.

By examining two novels per chapter, one from the twentieth century, and the second from the twenty-first, I will explore how Pratchett presented a world that was rapidly evolving away from the basic archetypes of the fantasy genre. To conclude I will discuss that, although Pratchett's Alzheimer's disease did affect his writing, rather than causing a drop in quality, it instead forced Pratchett to speed up a more altered writing style, one which he had been approaching since the publication of the first Discworld novel.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2016 15:17
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 15:17
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2079

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