Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Jean Braithwaite
Dr. Philip Zwerling
Dr. Colin Charlton
Landing: On the Other Side a collection of essays that discuss one woman's struggle with the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia (FM). The narratives are organized non-chronologically because the more pervasive effects of this chronic illness manifest in waves that do not follow a simple means of progression. Rather, FM's most powerful symptom is the highly variable pain strength coupled with its unpredictability.
The mass marketability of this text, as with other illness/disability narratives, lies in the universal message of prevailing against adversity. A person need not suffer from this illness or any ailment to comprehend the narrator's plight. While this collection may be published as a whole, the individual essays may stand alone for publication in individual journals. It is the author's goal to enter and enhance the various conversations in which Fibromyalgia (FM) naturally belongs. These conversations may be grouped into the following categories: clinical, cultural and literary nonfiction.
University of Texas-Pan American