Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
First Committee Member
Douglas Unger, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann
Number of Pages
Words search. There are specific points designated by written language, where one might stand for just a little while until the satisfaction of a pattern is revealed. In this collection of stories, one of the forces that serves as a catalyst for this search is the outside gaze. The gaze exerts itself onto characters. The characters may or may not be conscious of it, may or may not welcome it, but they must grapple with it. The gaze projects its needs and desires onto the characters. It seeks to control them, and it desires to be viewed with admiration, lowered eyelids, and moistened lips. Luckily, there are other invisible forces at play that bring levity. These stories seek to explore divergent places, moments, individuals, and the threads that loosely connect all of them. It is the threads that hope to bring levity. The six short stories were written over the course of three years. The novella is a working draft and an attempt to push out of the short story form.
American Literature | Literature in English, North America | Modern Literature
Zarazua, Monica, "The Crooked median" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 731.