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Date Permissions Signed

5-2017

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Magee, Kelly, 1976-

Second Advisor

Trueblood, Kathryn R., 1960-

Third Advisor

Dietrich, Dawn Y., 1960-

Abstract

In the insular society of an isolated mountain town, a young child named Sophie vanishes one night into a windstorm. Galentown: A Tragedy in Five Acts explores the actions—and inactions—of the townspeople leading up to her disappearance. Galentown’s tragedy lies in the misdirection of the choral voices that comprise it, which act as a form of erasure and allow the girl to slip away in the fictive world. Ghostlike, she ducks in and out of each of these stories, but ultimately fails to provide the reader resolution to her fate: as the peripheral narrations accumulate, so do potential explanations. This linked collection uses forms of fairytales and classic theater to explore childhood, the gravity of home, and the events in a life that remain persistently unmappable.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

987619373

Digital Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

Academic thesis

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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