Defense Date

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Clint McCown

Second Advisor

Sonja Livingston

Third Advisor

Katherine Nash

Abstract

A collection of short stories and essays linked not by content or characters, but by a central fascination with the ways in which humans interact with, resist, attempt to govern or commune with the natural world, from forests to houseplants and beyond. Our inability to ever truly control the world we live in drives humans into any number of strange beliefs and behaviors, from witchcraft to dissociation, self-destruction and collapse. These essays and stories examine some facets of a centrally human fact: very little of our lives is, in fact, within our power to change.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

11-3-2021

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