Date of Award
Master of Arts
Allen Weir, Rob Stillman
This collection of creative writing incorporates an introduction, three short stories, and a creative non-fiction piece, all of which represent my emotional exploration of both intense subject matters and an autobiographical impulse (blending the lines between fiction and non-fiction).
The introduction to “The Rebel Collection” pointedly scrutinizes my writing aesthetics and includes lists of authors and works which have profoundly influenced me. The creative non-fiction piece, “My Writer’s Eye,” relates my adventures from a mission trip to Mexico, during which I examined religion, writing, and class structures. The first short story, “Shells,” delves into the mind of a woman in graduate school who considers suicide. “Sultry,” the second short story, explores the unreliability of stereotypes and the unpredictability of death. The final short story, “Stages,” bookends the collection with a hard look at religion, death, and the afterlife.
Andra, Erika Leigh, "The Rebel Collection. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2004.