Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

472

Date

2011

Date of Award

11-29-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Cary Holladay

Committee Member

Jeffrey Scraba

Committee Member

Richard Bausch

Abstract

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.

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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