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Firefly Song
by Rodrigo, Lasantha, Ph.D., Illinois State University, 2014, 169; 3623457
Abstract (Summary)

Chethiya is a brown, gay, disabled (ultimately), abused young man from Sri Lanka, who comes to the U.S. on a full scholarship. His dream is to be a Broadway star, but after coming out of his first relationship with an emotionally abusive, alcoholic man, he is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic, degenerative neurological disease that results in demyelination, causing progressive debilitation. The story is divided into six chapters that narrate his life under various marginalizations he is subjected to, culminating in traumatization. The story, however, ends on a positive note of redemption with the narrator looking forward to his days to come.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fleisher, Kass
Commitee: Cruz, Ricardo, Hotelling Zona, Kirstin
School: Illinois State University
Department: Department of English: English Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Behavioral psychology, LGBTQ studies, Language
Keywords: Chronic illness, Fatality, Life-writing, Original writing, Queer, Race, Trauma
Publication Number: 3623457
ISBN: 978-1-303-95902-8
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