Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Time and Places
by Keaton, Adam Marshall, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 117; 13858992
Abstract (Summary)

Time and Places is a collection of chapter excerpts written while attending the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at California State, Long Beach. This thesis also explicates the writerly process and research that facilitated the production of chapters, primary outline, style, and overall structure of the novel in progress.

The diegesis of the novel is as follows: the narrative is told from the perspective of the ghost retelling his perdition. The protagonist, Ryland Benningham, earns a small movie deal. He moves to New York to become a filmmaker, leaving his childhood sweetheart, Sophia, but the memories of her are removed by the Muse.

He falls in love with Margaux DeMars. They live together while Ryland films. She gets stomach cancer. Ryland and Margaux move to Buffalo to live with Margaux’s parents. Margaux dies. Grief-stricken, Ryland gives up film completely. He moves to New Orleans and has a romantic relationship with the Muse.

He re-encounters Sophia. The Muse transforms Ryland into a book, the book the reader is reading.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Glatt, Lisa
Commitee: Zepeda, Rafael, Webb, Charles
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing
Publication Number: 13858992
ISBN: 9781085558716
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