Date of Award

Summer 8-3-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

Committee Chair

Dr. Angela Ball

Committee Chair Department

English

Committee Member 2

Ms. Anne Sanow

Committee Member 2 Department

English

Committee Member 3

Dr. Sherita Johnson

Committee Member 3 Department

English

Committee Member 4

Dr. Martina Sciolino

Committee Member 4 Department

English

Abstract

This dissertation is composed of five short stories about family life. All of the narrators are African-American, and every story is set in the rural American South. Together, these stories constitute half of the short story collection on which I have worked for the past several years. Major themes explored herein include the struggle to maintain a sense of pride in African-American traditions, the damaging effects of racial shame/shaming, and the loss of one’s family via death and abandonment.

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