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Date of Award
Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Trueblood, Kathryn R., 1960-
Araki-Kawaguchi, Kiik, 1983-
Contours is a collection of nonfiction essays that examines the role of rock climbing, mountaineering, and adventure in the author’s developing identity as a young man. Drawing upon memory, personal journals, literature, and maps, it explores themes of cultural expectations, challenge and self-discovery, human connection, and love in what may best be described as a personal topography: the author seeks to chart the intimate, shifting terrain underfoot as he pursues experiences both in the mountains and with others.
Rock climbing, climbing, mountaineering, Wyoming, adventure, nature, topography, Murakami, self-discovery
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Rock climbing; Mountaineering; Identity (Psychology)
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Owens, Max, "Contours" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1173.
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