Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Title

Quiet Spaces

Identifier

1374

Date

2015

Date of Award

4-27-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Tim Johnston

Committee Member

Courtney Santo

Committee Member

Lorinda Cohoon

Abstract

With the advent of instant connection, as granted through modern technology, society has become intrinsically connected. The intensity of this connection runs counter to the individualistic ideal of small town America. In most regards, small towns live comfortably enough on the fringes of larger cultural interests, but when an event occurs that captures the fascination of greater culture, the intersection breeds great conflict. After the Newtown shootings, citizens hung signs on their doors warning reporters to leave them alone. Similar stories were reported after Stuebenville. This novel explores the tensions that come when ideas of individualism clash with the socially connected media culture through the lens of a small town in Arkansas, off the bank of Greer's Ferry Lake.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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