Defense Date

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Harrison C. Fletcher

Second Advisor

Tom De Haven

Third Advisor

Dennis Danvers

Fourth Advisor

n/a

Fifth Advisor

n/a

Sixth Advisor

n/a

Abstract

These stories, essays, and beginnings of a novel draft examine the complex, many-faceted nature of legacy; propelled by the question of how we become who we eventually become, these works seek to showcase how where we come from, and who we come from, shape us as individuals. From a variety of perspectives, my characters try to discover how they can create their own safe spaces, their own lives, while still maintaining some genuine connection to their familial roots--they try to strike a balance between how to forget, and how to remember. The prose here focuses largely on the women in the places, and from these families; how does a society that favors maleness shape a female's view of her ideas and her intellect, of her body and her control over it? The characters seek answers to these questions largely in the impoverished southwest, where the characters are always trying to do the right thing, but hardly ever in the right ways.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-5-2015

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