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Title

Shutters

Publication Date

2011-12-01

Availability

UM campus only

Embargo Period

2013-11-30

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2011-11-29

First Committee Member

Jane Alison

Second Committee Member

Lester Goran

Third Committee Member

J. Tomas Lopez

Abstract

Shutters is a fragmented novel that employs various prose and poetic elements to document the life and endeavors of photographer-writer Ishi in present day New York City. The work follows his quest for emotional and physical connection, and his artistic project where he photographs and writes about suicide survivors. The work explores the observer-observed divide that often manifests in fiction and addresses the themes of physical beauty, art, death and the human condition.

Keywords

fiction; photography; new york; suicide; beauty; art

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