Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
John H. Irsfeld
Number of Pages
Permanent Record is a collection of loosely connected short stories, told primarily in the first person (framed by a prologue and epilogue in other points of view), taking place on Staten Island; New York, during the 1980s. Tracing the character's development from his bar mitzvah through college, the stories deal primarily with a young man's attempt to reconcile his feelings of rebellion---against his parents, teachers, tradition, etc.---with his growing awareness of the Judaism instilled in him as a child. As much as the character tries to distance himself from his parents and their religious values, he becomes increasingly aware how much his own beliefs were influenced by being brought up Jewish in the specific milieu of Staten Island. Through his interaction with family and friends---most specifically, girlfriends, both Jews and non-Jews---he gains a greater awareness of his own prejudices and need for reconciliation.
Original writing; Permanent; Record; Staten Island; Short stories
American literature; Literature, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Bauch, Jonathan, "Permanent Record" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2037.