Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts




Creative Writing (MFA)

First Advisor/Chairperson

Matthew Gavin Frank


The following thesis is a creative work that explores the intersection of pop culture criticism and personal identity. This is a work of creative nonfiction, comprised of formally experimental essays, accompanied by a critical introduction which interrogates what it means, in this context, for a piece of writing to be creative nonfiction, as well as what it means for a piece of writing to be an essay. The essays within engage music from the perspective of a listener, and turn that same perspective on its thematic concerns, such as queerness, love, heartache, depression, alcoholism, and creativity. Throughout this work, the essays are presented in segmented forms that challenge the typical constraints of the prose essay.

Access Type

Open Access

Justification for Restricting Access

This thesis is a creative work that I am seeking to publish, in part or in whole, within the next 5 years. For many literary publishing venues, open access would mean the thesis is considered "previously published" and would disqualify it from publication with those venues.

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Nonfiction Commons