Award Date

May 2019

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

Lynn Comella

Fourth Committee Member

Anne Stevens

Number of Pages

79

Abstract

This creative thesis project is a culmination of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree at UNLV. The thesis—titled Encyclopedia of My Body—was composed entirely during my graduate semesters at UNLV. As a hybrid collection book of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, it explores the different bodies that create and shape human people. Included within these bodies are of course the temporal, organic bodies human people inhabit; using my own body as the focus, I explore the intersections of gender, pain, and transness. This collection however seeks to trouble the idea of bodies, and therefore explores the bodies of relationships, of physics, of home, memory, and of time. Written under the supervision of Maile Chapman (committee chair) and José Orduña (committee member), my committee further includes Anne Stevens (English and Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethic Studies) and Lynn Comella (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethic Studies). Their disparate subject and genre interests are meant to diversify the feedback received during this project’s composition, but with a particular focus on gender studies. This project comprises 72 pages.

Keywords

Body; Gender; Trans

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality

Language

English

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