Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Eric Miles Williamson
Dr. Joseph D. Haske
Dr. Jose Rodriguez
This thesis is meant to be an honest discussion about the state of literature from the perspective of a student. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of writing, whether it be putting pen to paper, garnering sufficient experience to achieve verisimilitude, or dealing with critique. Interspersed between the essays are fiction vignettes.
The nonfiction aspects of this body of work are inspired by the voices of philosophers and traditional essayists alike: people such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, T.S. Eliot, Aristotle, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Adams, and Ralph Ellison. The topic of liminality regarding culture and migration is also addressed, mainly through a retelling of my own personal experiences as a son of two immigrants.
Rodriguez, Saul A., "A Thin Line or Intimations of Violence" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 1249.