Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Eric Miles Williamson
Joseph D. Haske
Dr. Shawn Thomson
This work consists of essays on the author’s personal development as a writer. It also contains reflections on the state of contemporary American and Mexican-American fiction. The author seeks to illustrate the relevance of certain writers affiliated with working-class fiction, a genre of contemporary American fiction that blends social, political, and aesthetic values into their novels and short stories.
Included in this work are also a number of conversations with writers of working-class fiction. In these conversations the author engages other writers in dialogue that further illuminates the author’s development of his creative identity as a cultural and literary writer.
Mendoza, Daniel M., "A new American fiction: Personal essays, observances, and interviews" (2015). Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV. 63.