Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4970

Date

2017

Date of Award

5-23-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Member

Cary Holladay

Committee Member

Terrance Tucker

Committee Member

Anthony Menson-Furr

Abstract

“#BlackGayStoriesMatter” is a collection of nine short stories that explore the intersection of being black, gay and male in the age of social media. Each story is set in different predominately black cities and plays with stereotypes as well as genre conventions to add the black gay male perspective to various types of traditional stories. The narration layers humor, culture, and character to stand firm in its unapologetic truth. The unique texture of the storytelling hinges on its sharp dissection of race, identity, class and sexuality to fully confront realities about African American queer masculinity that are rarely discussed. This bittersweet collection expounds on the works of Bruce Nugent, James Earl Hardy, E. Lynn Harris, James Baldwin and many more to not only celebrate the how far the culture has come but recognize how much further there is to go.

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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