Award Date

8-1-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Douglas Unger

Second Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Third Committee Member

Steven Sexton

Fourth Committee Member

William Bauer

Number of Pages

63

Abstract

Sad Water and Sand began as a collection of short stories that insisted upon a more intimate connection between the individual pieces. Drawing from the novel-in-stories format perhaps best utilized by indigenous writers Tommy Orange and Louise Erdrich, the narrative constitutes fragments of varying lengths interwoven to create a sense of mixed media through text and explore the boundaries of form and genre. The primary through-line follows a contemporary Dakota-American family and their experiences living in Las Vegas, a thousand miles away from their ancestral homelands, which they must return to following the death of a relative. While many of the stories center upon the youngest daughter and her perspective of events, layered alongside them are historical accounts and iterations of traditional mythology. In shifting between different points-of-view, verb tenses, and even central characters, Sad Water and Sad seeks to reflect interconnectedness as an avenue for resistance.

Keywords

Dakota; Fiction; Native American Literature; Novel

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing

File Format

pdf

File Size

3300 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

Rights

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