What It Done to Us
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
English (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
The following creative thesis is a scorched-earth march through Southern Appalachia. There are no heroes here, nor any easy moral lessons. As contemporary imaginings of the Southern Gothic, the poems use bold images, sprawling lines, biblical allusions, feminist and Marxist theories, and unaffected diction to illuminate the implications of the region’s violent heritage in a globalized world. They seek to raze political, religious, and sexual norms with kerosene and a lit match—exposing a bare and often brutal truth that cannot be burned away. This thesis is a trial by fire.
Appalachian Poetry; Working-Class Poetry
Stone, Sarah E., "What It Done to Us" (2014). Open Access Theses. 546.
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