Award Date

1-1-2002

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Douglas Unger

Number of Pages

197

Abstract

In the Hearts of Palms is a novel, in which the alternating narratives of two characters' lives meet in the most consequential of circumstances. A young girl's coming of age journey collides with a man's grief and search for healing and reaches a tragic denouement within a week of the novel's opening. The setting of the novel is Boulder City, Nevada, where the vast desert landscape limns the isolated landscape of the characters' internal condition; A major subject of the novel is the characters' negotiations with their developing roles as man and woman in the face of traditional expectations. The interpretations of such roles, combined with divergent interpretations of an ambiguous act, culminate in a dramatic scene that forces the reader to ask questions about the culpability of certain characters, and ostensibly of him and herself.

Keywords

Hearts; Novel; Original writing; Palms

Controlled Subject

American literature

File Format

pdf

File Size

4229.12 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/cw3j-is3o


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