Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Moonscape is a short novel exploring the interplay of incest and prostitution. The novel is set in Las Vegas in the late seventies, with flashbacks to the thirties when Hoover Dam was built. The thesis relies on first person narratives to incorporate three points of view; two feminine, one masculine. The inspiration for the novel comes from William Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom!, but the form and setting for the piece follows T. S. Eliot's poem, "The Wasteland". One character is patterned after Eliot's Sweeney, the heathen pragmatist who appears throughout his poetry until 1927, the year of Eliot's conversion to Anglicanism. The themes of sin and forgiveness form the focus of the novel.
Moonscape; Original writing; Novel
Comparative literature; American literature
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Lake, Deborah Starr, "Moonscape" (1998). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 959.