Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Blind Willie Johnson is a second-person novella that combines literary elements with a choose-your-own-adventure format. As the story progresses, the reader makes character and authorial choices which branch the narrative into alternative paths. While each branch remains similar, events and attitudes are affected by each choice, creating increasingly divergent paths. The paths are linked by a moment of inevitabilty in the middle before they separate again and move toward alternative endings. With this format, I sought to investigage the roles choice and inevitability play in a persons life. This novella, both in concept and execution, was primarily influenced by George Saunders and Jennifer Egan. Inspired by their mix of heavy and light elements, as well as their willingness to experiment, I dove into Blind Willie Johnson seeking to provide both depth and entertainment.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Stembridge, Ryan, "Blind Willie Johnson" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1632.