Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Life Is A Highway: Finding Your Way and Finding the Words
by Cortez, Ali, M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 132; 10266112
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the roles the novella genre and the travel narrative motif play in conveying the universal need for escape. I will begin with an analysis of the novella Sandy Downs by Tim Wirkus. By analyzing the story through its use of novella and travel tropes, I will prove that it is a perfect example of how the two concepts work together to accurately portray the human desire to escape one’s life, despite the possibility of it being impossible. I will use the short story “Rock Springs” for comparison. Then, I will provide my own original novella that displays an example of a road trip narrative as a method of the two characters’ pursuit of escape: What Happens on the Road.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hoagland, Sadie
Commitee: Geer, Jennifer, Richard, Charles
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing
Keywords: Novellas, Sandy downs, Travel narratives
Publication Number: 10266112
ISBN: 978-0-355-11413-3
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