Title

Out of Round

Author

Tiff Holland

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Angela Ball

Advisor Department

English

Abstract

This dissertation is a collection of poems and short stories most of which were written and submitted to poetry and fiction workshops while I was a PhD candidate at The University of Southern Mississippi. This dissertation includes both poetry and fiction because, although I started at USM as a poet, while I was there I discovered an "instrument for fiction." I believe taking up fiction has improved my poetry. It has also changed my life, and I believe that change is evident in this dissertation. Many of the poems, including: "Burgled," "No Need for Room Service," and "A Piece of August" document my experiences in Mississippi as both a poet and a person. Later poems, including the "Tracy" poems show the influence writing fiction has made on my poetry. Of the short stories, "Parka" and "Intersection," were written while I was in Mississippi and were submitted to Frederick Barthelme's workshops. The remaining stories were not formally workshopped.