My dissertation is a full-length novel steeped in traditions of absurdism, parody, pastiche, surrealism, and literary maximalism. It tells the story in two parts: the first is a coming-of-age story that follows the young narrator through the touchstones of the genre: the quixotic quest for the affections of his ethereal lab partner, the crippling angst of high school, and dealings with parents. All of this is set against the less familiar coming-of-age story playing out in the background—his mother’s near constant sleep, his father’s ever-metastasizing immorality, the impossible futility of his gym class softball team careening towards a record of 0-182. The second part, the frame of the novel, sees the protagonist bedridden in a grotesque hospital as his body crumbles from his infinite diseases, while a strangely anachronistic team of doctors fecklessly administer doomed treatments in between offering updates on their lives in the dreamlike world just beyond the hospital’s sparse walls. In the introductory essay to the dissertation, I look at the construction of the author figure, mapping the influence of gender, genre, and market on the aesthetics of author photographs.
|Commitee:||McNally, John, Wu, Yung-Hsing|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, Literature|
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