Award Date

12-1-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Douglas Unger

Second Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Third Committee Member

Richard Wiley

Fourth Committee Member

Danielle Roth-Johnson

Number of Pages

144

Abstract

The following novella is a collection of flash fiction-length stories, connected by the voice of a single female narrator and expressed in vignette-style. The novella is divided into three parts, each consecutive section loosely following the narrator’s growth in age and maturity over a time-span of approximately fifteen years. Set in a fictionalized struggling rust-belt city, every aspect of daily life—from the ordinary comings and goings of neighbors and friends, constantly led elsewhere by opportunities outside of the city; to the dramatic shifts in weather patterns, seasons mirroring life cycles; to the influences of renewed religions juxtaposed with old abandoned physical structures from past eras; to the general realities and inherent dangers found in plainly existing as a female within the confines of an elusive rape culture—affects the narrator as she navigates first through childhood, plagued by her young mother’s tragedies, then as she struggles to recognize her own sexual identity in her young adulthood, without the guidance of her mother who is also filtering her own complicated experiences to identify herself.

Keywords

childhood; feminine; landscape; rape culture; rust-belt; sexual identity

Disciplines

Creative Writing

Language

English

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