Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


The diaries of this 'roadwork' are as telling in their gaps as in their continuities - sometimes months of silence follow weeks of words. As with all diarists, the basic subject-matter is the self - and so it is with my reconstituted version of Jack's logs. The story's structure is simply his trajectory through the landscape; its theme, momentum. The work introduces itself as 'a diary of voices' (some readers may also think it a diary of vices): Jack sometimes tells a story from the perspective of his travelling partner. Crane. It is a device which reminds us that even the first-person episodes can claim for themselves only the status of 'story,' not 'truth.' History, as ever, is mutable. Despite Jack's admonition that this was a time of 'You Can't Go Back', we shall try.



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