Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6425

Date

2019

Date of Award

5-7-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Alice Bolin

Committee Member

Cary Holladay

Committee Member

Courtney Miller Santo

Abstract

The Tulips as Witness is 42000-word multigenerational short story collection that focuses on an eccentric southern family, the Ashworths. The collection spans not only generations, but also perspectives. Each story is told by a different family member, from the precocious, perceptive, and preternatural child Georgia, to Georgia’s free-spirited and utterly irresponsible mother, Candace, to Georgia’s self-sacrificing grandmother, Ida May. Added to the mix are Georgia’s cousins, Cole and Wyatt, as well as Cole’s stepmother, Margot. The use of multiple perspectives shows the breakdown in communication and understanding between people; the characters have secret parts of themselves that are hidden from even their closest family members.

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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