Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Jean Braithwaite
Dr. Jose Skinner
Dr. Marci McMahon
In the critical introduction of this thesis, I explore how choices and consequences affect a life, my life. This leads to a discussion of the struggle I had with labeling my work nonfiction. I also explore the effect structure has on the narrative arc and characters in a work, and discuss my process of deciding on a form for my creative thesis. Highlighted in this discussion is the influence of feminism and feminist authors. Finally, I intimate my issues with my cultural identity, and how this is reflected in my story and my place in the literary world. These are all aspects that have fueled and shaped my work, and are present in one way or another throughout the whole. Valley Palm is a memoir composed of organic memories thematically linked through essays and chapters.
University of Texas-Pan American
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