Date of Award

5-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor/Chairperson

Dr. Jaspal Kaur Singh

Abstract

Calamity Sample is a novella written in flash fiction, micro stories, & lyrical echoes, centering on the life of a sensitive meteorologist & weather broadcaster who attempts to continue an ordinary existence in a world ravaged by climatically-based apocalypse. The Weatherman, only referred to as such, struggles to reconcile the collective grief plaguing not only his personal life, but the rest of the fleeting world as he tries to distinguish & manufacture joy from the ordinary, due to his residence in Humansville, an obscure town where every day is a recognized-and-hyper specific holiday or celebration. This collection of vignettes, generally oriented around annual holidays & our protagonist’s obsession with the mundane amidst apocalypse, questions what it means to be hopeful in the face of disaster, emphasizing themes of anxiety, a desire for human connection, obsession around the minutia, & the fleetingness of stability. Yes, the world is ending, but those details don’t matter as much as The Weatherman’s loss of intimacy, his strange collection of ties, the bizarre & ritualistic celebrations of Humansville, & the desire to catalogue objects, places, & feelings before they fall victim(s) to their own temporality. As musician & lyricist Imogen Heap once sung, “There’s beauty in the breakdown”.

Access Type

NMU Users Only

Justification for Restricting Access

I am currently querying literary agents and presses to have this book published, and cannot do so if it has been published elsewhere (including the commons).

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