Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Mark Noe
Dr. Jean Braithwaite
David B. Carren
This project is in the design of high-fantasy sword and sorcery, wherein the concepts of mana and magic are employed as expressions of virtue to highlight contemporary issues of cultural identity and belonging. This project is also an experiment to attract a readership of non-traditional fantasy readers into the genre by creating, rather than assuming, a fantastic world context using immersive rhetorical techniques.
This project in of itself is not so much a re-invention of the traditional adventure quest as it is an exploration of its post-Tolkien form (the attraction of mythology and folklore, the narrative use of prophecy), and also includes elements of satire, which respond to the stereotypical battle between good versus evil and the haphazard treasure hording conventions encouraged by fantasy gaming culture.
University of Texas-Pan American