Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Dr. Austin Hummell
Professor Matthew Gavin Frank
Professor Jennifer Howard
The poems in this collection represent an exploration of different towns and counties in Illinois. With a strong sense of place, the narrative and lyric poems in The Highlands rely on a rotating cast of narrators based on the author's family to explore disordered relationships, landownership, inheritance, and immobility.
The collection is divided into two parts, The Landowner’s Daughter and Dear Katharine. The poems in the first section have a stronger connection to the land, while the poems in the second half grapple with what it means to be disconnected from generational landownership.
Hansen, Amy Elisabeth, "The Highlands" (2016). All NMU Master's Theses. 96.