Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Sluts Like Us is a collection of ten stories that explore perspectives on loss and abandonment. Several of the stories are connected through thematic elements of plant-life, water, and subterranean exploration as well as through recurring characters. In these stories, children face the loss of their parents through death or abandonment; they navigate worlds in which they are not privy to the most crtical information and must form their own stories; newlyweds discover and -- bound by tragedy -- ultimately ignore the vast gulf that lies between them; mothers grapple with their frustration and lack of connection to their children, their subsequent disconnects from day-to-day life; grown men struggle to enact into reality their own latent maternal instincts. The title story, "Sluts Like Us," begins the collection: it deals most directly with the undercurrent of stigma, perpetuated and transformed through language, and the narrator of this story serves as a proxy author for the nine stories that follow.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Del Conte, Devan Collins, "Sluts Like Us: A Loosely Bound Indictment" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1643.