Award Date

8-1-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Douglas Unger

Second Committee Member

Richard Wiley

Third Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Fourth Committee Member

Paul Werth

Number of Pages

156

Abstract

This collection of short stories and first chapter of a novella take place in the historical area of Bukovyna, the beech tree land, partly located in Chernivetska region, western Ukraine. On the edge of it, or under it, or traveling to and from it, in contemporary time. I've been occupied with "the outsider," represented here, and where the seven stories reside, by the giant grande dame tourist hotel on Main Street, across from Shevchenko Park, in Chernivtsi, the region's city center. The occupants: the outsider looking in and around. Outsiders looking at other outsiders. An outsider being welcomed in. Most of these stories are realistic, concerned with the development of democratic Ukraine and the preservation of its people and culture. I've pulled poetry, song, fabulist elements, and characters from the national literature and folklore, all in a quest to convey this complicated region.

Keywords

American Literature; Eastern European Studies; Europe – Bukovina; Journalism; Short stories; Slavic Studies

Disciplines

American Literature | Creative Writing | Fiction | Folklore | Slavic Languages and Societies

Language

English


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