Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jean Braithwaite

Second Advisor

Dr. Philip Zwerling

Third Advisor

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.


Copyright 2014 Marianita Escamilla. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American