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Writing (MA)

Greer Christina

Greer is an actress, vampire slayer and writer based in London.

Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Writing (MA)

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My Final Major Project, Alice and I, is a narrative non-fiction essay about sitting for a portrait in Soho. In the bowels of a haunted gallery space now demolished, a figure emerged from the canvas, but who exactly?

Alice and I explores how the act of sitting can bend our experience of time, and how portraiture can be a portal to a range of interconnected subjects: theories of perception; the Alice in Wonderland syndrome; memory; the connection between literature and neuroscience; Francesca Woodman; loss. 

It weaves art writing, the autobiographical and the fictional, stylistically concerned to capture the flux of psychological time: imbuing feeling — the essay as experience. 

It is a tribute to the Alice that lives within me, and to all the other Alices out there, wherever they may be.

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This is about sitting for a portrait, and how it changed my understanding of time.

This is about memory, how the past moves through us, in fits and starts, intruding, enveloping — polyphonic.

This is about forms, fictions and truths; the stories we tell ourselves, the people we have been, the experiences of our bodies in time and how those experiences shape us.

This is about rooms and the spirits that dance within them. 


Size:

20,500 words

Chapter One: Teleopsia (things seen as from a distance, further away than they actually are)

Chapter Two: Peleopsia (things seen as up close, closer than they actually are)

Chapter Three: Metamorphosia (the body changing)

A poem written and performed by Greer Christina

Video by Leo Metcalf

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— Letter from Jonathan Cott at Rolling Stone re: 'Weird Fucks'. The Lynne Tillman archives (Fales Library and Special Collections, New York).
— Letter from Harry Matthews. The Lynne Tillman archives (Fales Library and Special Collections, New York)
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— Announcement of 'Weird Fucks' in Bikini Girl magazine. The Lynne Tillman archives (Fales Library and Special Collections, New York).

An excerpt from 'Wayward Women: Radical Hearts,' a long-form 'archeologies of criticism' essay, re-evalutating Tillman's razor sharp early novella.

Size:

5000 words
— 'Ode to Oona'
— Published in ARC magazine

Excerpts from 'The Vitruvian Man on the Moon', published in The Pluralist.

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An excerpt from an interview with Hera Lindsay Bird