Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts




Creative Writing (MFA)

First Advisor/Chairperson

Matthew Gavin Frank


This collection of essays seeks to examine, and comment on, the relationships in our lives: to ourselves, to family, to strangers, to the natural world around us. These essays interrogate, however inadequately, how we relate and what that relation means within the larger context of history and where it mixes with myth. Many of the pieces in this thesis fail in their goal to simplify the issues they examine, instead further conflating already complex events.

While each essay depicts actual events, I have given myself creative license to manipulate them with facts as a way to dig deeper into the meaning of our social interactions. The main text is structured into four sections that correlate to the collection’s title and the themes mentioned above.

Access Type

Open Access

Available for download on Tuesday, December 31, 2999

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