Publication Date

2017-05-09

Degree Type

Creative Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Date of Closing Conversation

2017-05-01

First Committee Member

M. Evelina Galang

Second Committee Member

A. Manette Ansay

Third Committee Member

Rafael Lima

Abstract

Organized geographically by state, Battle of Flowers offers a contemporary portrait of young girls and women traveling through or into the American South and Southwest. This collection centers on themes of moving and adaptation, abandonment and reunion, and isolation and connection. It is at once concerned with the fragmented identities that emerge from movement and separation as it is with the desire to separate, to adapt, to reenvision the self. Several stories revolve around the military family experience, while others document characters transitioning from one place to another and coping with the complications that ensue, but ultimately each story grapples with changing relationships and shifting geographies. The structure of the collection encourages readers to travel alongside the characters while experiencing the disruption of moving from one section (or state) to the next.

Keywords

fiction; American South; military families; separation; adolescence; moving

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