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Title

Convergence

Date Permissions Signed

5-1-2012

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Magee, Kelly, 1976-

Second Advisor

Paola, Suzanne

Third Advisor

Wise, Christopher

Abstract

Convergence is a collection of linked short stories focusing on the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya. The narratives explore themes of identity and family, both in Kenya and in the United States, and how these concepts adapt or remain unchanged during times of crisis. Through the narrative of Joseph, a boy living in Kibera during the post-election violence, the collection provides a reader with an understanding of the events that occurred during the crisis and their complex origins. The prologue explains how the fictional author of this collection experiences the tasks of writing and researching and how the project affects her. The story, "The Language of Masks," explores how two teenagers with a shared sense of responsibility for their families can connect and make sense of their lives through correspondence. All of the stories in this collection converge, showing the ways humans connect across families and national boundaries.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

798956755

Digital Format

application/pdf

Geographic Coverage

Kenya

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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