Title

Charm City

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

School

Humanities

Committee Chair

Olivia Clare

Committee Chair School

Humanities

Committee Member 2

Joshua Bernstein

Committee Member 2 School

Humanities

Committee Member 3

Eric Tribunella

Committee Member 3 School

Humanities

Committee Member 4

Emily Stanback

Committee Member 4 School

Humanities

Abstract

This novella centers on Claudia Schatz, a traumatized fourteen-year-old growing up in Baltimore, which is also known as the “Charm City,” in the early 1990s. The title’s irony refers both to the city itself and the state of being a misfit teenage girl, with its perpetual charmlessness, both outward and inward. What Claudia may lack in charm, however, she makes up for in resilience, and throughout the course of this narrative, she manages to remand some of her shattered childhood to the past, and forge ahead to a perfectly imperfect future.

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