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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Beasley, Bruce, 1958-
The creative nonfiction essays in Borderlands explore family, self, memory, dream, and other liminal spaces. The critical concept of writing the body, as it is explored by feminist theorists such as Hélène Cixous, is enacted in these essays through both form and content, particularly in the interplay—or borderland—between mind and body. While some of these essays take a traditional form, other essays are more lyrical in nature, which can be seen in the juxtaposition of fragmented sections that construct a nonlinear narrative. The development of the author’s voice can be tracked through scene and dialogue, original language, and source work—all elements of craft that tie the author into a larger legacy of female writers writing as a transgressive, disruptive act. Some writers who have informed this work are Anne Carson, Leslie Jamison, Ander Monson, Maggie Nelson, Virginia Woolf, and others. Bracketed by essays about two different dead bodies, the borderlands in between examine and question the writer’s growth as a person and lay bare troubling uncertainties.
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Appleton, Sarah K. ǂq (Sarah Kathleen)
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Appleton, Sarah K. (Sarah Kathleen), "Borderlands" (2016). WWU Graduate School Collection. 475.