Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4808

Date

2016

Date of Award

11-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Concentration

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Tim Johnston

Committee Member

Cary Holladay

Committee Member

Leslie Luebbers

Abstract

My thesis, "Kings of the Canebrake" is a collection of twelve short stories loosely connected by recurring themes and settings. A number of the stories are set in the Mississippi Delta and explore characters seeking to make sense of their lives against complex historical currents. Other stories feature characters that are striving to make peace with various forms of regret, including professional failure and lost love. The narrative of the title story focuses on a modern-day manuscript curator who becomes increasingly obsessed with solving the disappearance of an infamous nineteenth century bear hunter. Beneath all of the stories is a concern for the ephemeral nature of experience and the yearning that results from an awareness of this condition.

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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