Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1399

Date

2015

Date of Award

6-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Concentration

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Cary Holladay

Committee Member

Tim Johnston

Committee Member

Lorinda Cohoon

Abstract

AbstractConstellations consists of a collection of ten “linked” short stories. The short stories share the setting of Memphis, Tennessee and have recurring characters. Using realism, the stories attempt to examine the Modern American South, specifically Memphis. In this collection, the social milieu of the Old South, which is in its final throes, is explored, exploited, parodied, and sometimes honored. Focusing upon the characters of Garnet Pigeon and her daughter, Caroline, Constellations explores generational differences along with themes such as relationships between mothers and their children, class and social status, feminism, grief and loss, revenge, love, and the art of knowing oneself in the changing landscape of the Deep South.Keywords: Memphis, literary, women’s literature, southern literature, music, mythology

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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