Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Title

On Display

Identifier

1002

Author

Devon Taylor

Date

2013

Date of Award

12-2-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Sonja Livingston

Committee Member

Kristen Iversen

Committee Member

Joseph Jones

Abstract

This essay collection is about what we see: what we want to see, how we try to see, and the poses we strike when we imagine we're being seen. I open the collection with a series of personal essays written in memoir style that explore my roots as an observer and the ways in which this tendency has manifested as I have grown older. The second half of the collection takes a more analytical approach to my subjects, exploring the various ways in which people seek to publish themselves and the world. Much of what I am interested in is how people frame these things--both their own identities as well as their experiences. The desire to see and be seen is, at its heart, a desire to understand the world and our place in it. These essays explore this motivation and what it means to us as humans.

Comments

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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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