Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Outside of This
by DeFiore, Dakota D., M.F.A., Mills College, 2014, 186; 1557281
Abstract (Summary)

Inside the perimeter of Schiefersberg County, Pennsylvania, there are many secrets buried deep within the soil. Generation after generation these roots grow deeper, stronger, and now these small towns and their people have been strangled of their desire to progress. They impose their outdated beliefs and values on their children and grandchildren, and they turn their noses to everyone and everything foreign and new. But 2008 has brought a boom of modern technology and social revolution, leaking progression and liberalism inside this bubble and sparking the interests of Generation Y. Through the stories of five high school graduates, Outside of This brings forth a multi-perspective journey of what it means to discover the personal and the moral behind closed doors in a time of change. What will happens when they leave and go to college? Who will they become outside of this, without each other as a safety net? Death and destruction are blended with acceptance and opportunity as Fiona Ferguson and her circle of friends explore what it means to come of age amongst long lineages of hate and conservatism, and to find the courage to stand against 'history' and create their own.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Aharonian Marcom, Micheline
Commitee: Phillips, Kimberly, Reiss, Kathryn, Scheinberg, Cynthia
School: Mills College
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, Creative writing
Keywords: Coming of age, Fiction, Generation Y, Original writing, Small towns, Social revolution
Publication Number: 1557281
ISBN: 978-1-303-94494-9
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