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dc.contributor.authorCotten, Andrew Peabody
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-30T14:55:40Z
dc.date.available2021-08-30T14:55:40Z
dc.date.issued2021-04-24
dc.identifier.urihttps://dspace.sewanee.edu/handle/11005/21782
dc.description.abstractHome after a year-long mission abroad, the novel’s eponymous hero is eager to continue his work with the Sons of Liberty, but a radical splinter group within the organization threatens to erase everything he and his colleagues have worked tirelessly to accomplish. Racing against spies, soldiers, and duplicitous allies, Christopher Sinclair will use his experience as a ranger and his expertise in espionage to stop these extremists before their incendiary plots destroy the very town they claim to be saving. I spent a great deal of time researching the people, events, and places represented in this story. At times, my fascination with the subject led me to overload the text with tangents, unnecessary backstory, and microscopic detail. In The Art of History, Christopher Bram said, “There is pleasure in recovering old things from the junk shop of History, but an overload of details can clog a narrative.” The thesis process allowed me to identify and cut anything unrelated to Sinclair or the central conflict. For example, when Sinclair enters a room, I describe what Sinclair would see, not everything as a means of establishing my knowledge of the era. Setting is an integral part of the story, but I learned through trial and error that “place”—what Welty calls a “lesser angel”—should be secondary to character and conflict. Every historical fiction writer should ask themselves, “Why tell this story, and why tell it today?” This is especially true of the stories ingrained in our public consciousness. The American Revolution, for instance, is brimming with story, but we, for the most part, have stopped exploring the vast history in favor of preserving the narrow myth. Christopher Sinclair takes place during the events leading up to and after the Boston Massacre. Despite being a piece of fiction, I hope to bring to life a complicated story that’s been reduced to Paul Revere’s famous engraving. Since its publication at the end of March 1770, Revere’s “The Bloody Massacre” has transformed from a blatant piece of propaganda to an integral piece of the glorious story we tell about our nation’s triumph over tyranny. I want to tell a familiar story differently, and by doing so, invite the reader to re-evaluate what they know about our supposed “history.” Hopefully, by re-examining the events that inspired the American Revolution, we can better understand the traditions and beliefs we hold so dear today.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of the Southen_US
dc.subjectSchool of Letters Thesis 2021en_US
dc.subjectUniversity of the Southen_US
dc.subjectSchool of Lettersen_US
dc.subjectBoston Massacreen_US
dc.subjectHistorical Fictionen_US
dc.subjectHero's Journeyen_US
dc.subjectJoseph Warrenen_US
dc.subjectPaul Revereen_US
dc.subjectSam Adamsen_US
dc.subjectSons of Libertyen_US
dc.subjectAmerican Revolutionen_US
dc.subjectBostonen_US
dc.subjectFreemasonen_US
dc.titleChristopher Sinclairen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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