Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

John Dufresne

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Vernon Dickson

Third Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

Date of Defense

2-20-2013

Abstract

GREATER MIAMI: STORIES is a collection of short stories about the disparity between the hoped-for expectations of life in America—as seen through the prism of South Florida—and the reality of a life lived on the margins. The characters, ranging in age from early adulthood to the elderly, attempt to navigate the perils of a new and unfamiliar existence—physical and/or psychological—while seeking to recoup the losses of home and country, love and language.

The collection uses Miami as its setting due to the wide demographic range of its inhabitants, and the stories address themes of memory, love, sex, opportunity and privilege, the mayhem born of disinformation, and the anxiety of displacement. Each story in the collection describes a pivotal moment when the characters encounter a truth that had previously eluded them and then must deal with the repercussions of that knowledge.

Identifier

FI13042329

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