Award Date

May 2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Second Committee Member

Doug Unger

Third Committee Member

Megan Becker

Fourth Committee Member

Vincent Perez

Fifth Committee Member

Mark Padoongpatt

Number of Pages

110

Abstract

Floating Head Touching Earth is a collection of short stories centered on themes of identity, historical and intergenerational trauma, familial duty, and self-discovery delivered through prose that is often tinged with surreal or strange elements. Inspired by the craft of writers like Flannery O’Connor and Aimee Bender, my work seeks to explore the power that seemingly small or forgotten experiences can have on one’s psyche in ways that ripple throughout a lifetime. The stories are organized in a manner that track an unraveling of the body, history, relationships and the minds of its various protagonists. The Buddhist mudra, or gesture, of “touching earth” is often depicted to represent the moment Buddha obtained enlightenment. Floating Head Touching Earth is a gathering of the narratives of many such “floating heads” and their individual attempts to understand themselves and those around them.

Disciplines

Creative Writing

Language

English

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