Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This collection of eleven short stories explores relationships within an American family living in the Philippines. The father, called "Uncle Chick" throughout, is a central figure and many of the events and characters are defined by his presence or through their interactions with him. The most critical event in this family's history is the onset of World War II. The father fought in the Philippines during the war and became a guerilla leader and decorated war hero. Although the war is seldom brought into the stories directly, with the exception of "War Stories", it is never far from the emotional heart of the collection. As family members deal with the deaths of friends, nephews, sons, parents and grandparents the shadow of the war informs their experiences with a kind of metaphorical quality, as if life itself were a kind of war, and death an opportunity for revelation.
Chattanooga; Collection; Express; Manila; Original; Philippines; Stories; War; World; World War II; Writing
American literature; Literature, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Parsons, Peter Charles, "The Manila-Chattanooga Express: A collection of stories (Original writing)" (1992). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 263.