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

Dr. Marci McMahon

Third Advisor

Emmy Perez


Angels In Skirts is a memoir composed of organic memories thematically linked through essays and chapters. I re-create the story of a young girl’s vivid and imaginative way of seeing life, the intensity of her emotions and what it feels like to desperately want to control men by handing over her body. Highlighted is a discussion of the struggle I had with labeling my work nonfiction. I also explore the effective use of parataxis in dialogue and the effect structure has on the narrative arc and characters in a work. I discuss my process when deciding on a form for my creative thesis. I suggest how my inner issues and cultural identity are reflected in my story and my place in the literary world. These are aspectual to what has shaped my work, and remain present in one way or another throughout the story.


Copyright 2013 Mary Ruth Chen. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American