Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
In this creative nonfiction manuscript, the author attempts to examine and analyze the relevant aspects of his life in relation to the impact his hometown, the people in it, and his family had—continue to have—on him as an outsider living within those groups. While the collection of essays is mostly a memoir, the author also uses elements of contemporary journalism, poetry, music, and cultural criticism, to better relate to a wide yet specific audience: those familiar with the genre of creative nonfiction, although that familiarity is not a requirement for understanding. Reoccurring elements are: addiction, fitting in, family disputes, desire for freedom, loss of life and freedom, the body, and others.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Gallant, Matthew, "Eleutheromania" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1405.