Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Jean Braithwaite

Second Advisor

Jose Skinner

Third Advisor

Dr. Valerie James-Aldridge


In the critical introduction of this thesis, I examine the academic and creative impulses that helped me to complete this novel. In particular, I detail my seemingly nonlinear course of study as I planned, wrote, and reflected on this novel draft. This work required significant research and study outside the field of creative writing: health care systems, cancer, shame, vulnerability, guilt. I discuss at length the processes by which I became knowledgeable of these subjects, and how even after the first draft of the creative work was completed, I continued to create a more nuanced and sophisticated concept of my own work. This introduction finds its focus in my academic journey through this novel—because this is an area of self-fulfillment.


Copyright 2012 Andrew S. Hollinger. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American