Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Creative Writing (MFA)
Matthew Gavin Frank
A Blended Displacement; Stories from the Periphery, explores various forms and definitions of displacement through relationships, travel, and the sense of home. The thesis explores such subject matter as a creative work of mixed creative non-fiction and fiction. By engaging with controversial terms like expatriate, immigrant, refugee, and third-culture-kid, the work interrogates the political with the personal. The non-fiction part of the thesis centers on the narrative of a woman from Michigan living abroad, contrasting with the historical fiction portrayal of a Slovenian immigrant in Michigan. Both with ties to Michigan, both displaced, both illustrating the different labels, and both victims of abuse and domestic violence. To further show another perspective, included within the fiction component is the story of a Turkish woman living as an immigrant in the US. The entire work seeks to engage with many forms of displacement through the creative lens. While that sense of displacement is shown by location, the works delve deeper to illustrate being on the periphery in many cultural, familial, academic, and personal situations. The works interrogate the effects (positive and negative) that displacement and living on the periphery bring to both past and current events. By weaving personal narratives, the author seeks to not only bring about a greater understanding of complex issues, but also challenge the reader to question stereotypes. This includes questioning common beliefs in regards to abuse and domestic violence.
Belliel, Katherine, "A BLENDED DISPLACEMENT; STORIES FROM THE PERIPHERY" (2020). All NMU Master's Theses. 623.
Justification for Restricting Access
This is a creative thesis, with components that are still works in progress. To protect the ideas while in development, I am requesting a 5 year minimum embargo.
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