Title

Crawlspace

Date of Award

January 2018

Degree Type

Closed Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English and Theatre

First Advisor

Julie Hensley

Second Advisor

Carter Sickels

Third Advisor

R. Dean Johnson

Abstract

This project explores the conditions and qualities of the American South, through an abstract lens of absurdism, surrealism, and magical realism. It seeks to understand and illustrate the function of the narrative voice and perspective in literature, and how these tools are effective in creating a sense of identity found in literary works. The critical introduction of this piece makes use of primary sources, involving Rick Bass, Ron Carlson, Jonathon Culler, Jennifer Egan, John Gardner, James Joyce, Ursula Le Guin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami, and James Wood. Some of these authors and critical theorists are used to provide foundational support on terminology and structure, involving voice and narrative, while others are cited as examples of stylistic success involving literary identity. This work also contains several original stories, developed and created with the techniques and ideas of the critical introduction in mind.

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