Award Date

5-15-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Second Committee Member

José Orduña

Third Committee Member

Douglas Unger

Fourth Committee Member

Vincent Perez

Fifth Committee Member

Anita Revilla

Number of Pages

220

Abstract

My thesis project is a novel of historical fiction centered on a Mexican family in the Saginaw River Valley, in Michigan, during the year 1918 near the beginning of the sugar beet boom. In the novel, the family, the Acevedos, own and operate their own farm amid the increasing use of migrant farm labor in the state. The Acevedos and the betaboleros they employ must navigate life’s vicissitudes as experienced through the lenses race and class differences to the community of rural Michigan, as well as gender and family dynamics, throughout the course of the story.

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Language

English

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