Date of Award

8-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Program

English

First Advisor/Chairperson

Paul Lehmberg

Second Advisor

Beverly Matherne

Third Advisor

James McCommons

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Around the Table

By

Rachel Elizabeth Mills

This collection of nonfiction essays revolves around concepts of food and home. The essays focus on the universalizing nature of food, both from a personal perspective, and from a diasporic Middle Eastern perspective. In these essays I explore how food unifies and creates communities. The essays range from exploring my own upbringing in rural Upper Michigan, and how food creates bonds within my own family and community, to examining how food creates ties and communities within the Arab diaspora. This collective narrative, in focusing on the communal characteristics surrounding the human need for sustenance, seeks to bring everyone to the table.

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