Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Barbed Wire Lasso is a collection of personal essays and memoir that explore religion, culture and matters of class in a southern rural childhood. The collection moves beyond childhood and a rural setting to emphasize how these beginnings shape philosophies and lifelong patterns of behavior, forming an identity unique to its customs. Some essays within the collection utilize a lyrical narrative approach juxtaposed with a journalistic approach to chronicle the oftentimes misunderstood or invisible lives of women and minorities in the south. While other works, such as the many vignettes and crisp pieces of memoir found here, harness a storytelling voice to illuminate life in rural and urban west Tennessee. All works blend together to focus the lens on specific eras of rural and urban southern living with an inimitable perspective that easily flows anywhere between the landscapes of rolling green countryside to inner city Memphis.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Smart, Cheryl Lynn, "Barbed Wire Lasso" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1577.