Award Date

5-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Second Committee Member

Donald Revell

Third Committee Member

Felicia Campbell

Fourth Committee Member

Anita Revilla

Number of Pages

230

Abstract

Pyramid of the Sun is a novel which is experimental in structure. It weaves traditional prose with original poems based on Aztec creation myths. The narrative is not strictly linear, but approaches the plot from several angles - past, present, and future - simultaneously. It comes back to its starting point at the end, like a snake devouring its own tail. The novel takes the Aztec and Mayan belief that time is circular and never-ending and reinterprets it in a contemporary, hard-edged setting that touches down at various points across the globe, including Moscow, Seville, Seoul and Las Vegas. Pyramid of the Sun explores a world where gritty realism, lyricism, and mythic themes combine. It is a world where the borders between cultures, languages and sexual identities blur and fade until they become almost meaningless.

Keywords

Fiction; poetry

Disciplines

Fiction | Poetry

Language

English


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