Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
In the main storyline of Knowing Michelle. David Shuster is forced to face the fact that his mother, Michelle Riley Shuster, is a serial killer currently on death row in Florida. The secondary tale, contained in the fictional 'book within a book,' Blood & Copper, is that of a historical figure and countess Erzsebet Bathory, who killed over six hundred woman in the late sixteenth century. Michelle admired and imitate Bathory, and asked her son to read the historical nocel as part of a last request before she is executed. Two women, Ramona and Karen, both help and hinder David as he seeks to understand the nature of his mother's evil.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Thrash, Emily A., "Knowing Michelle" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 378.