Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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Julie Marie Wade
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Lyric essay collection
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A KALEIDOSCOPE: ESSAYS ON COLOR is a collection of ruminative lyric essays that seeks to plumb the questions How did we get here? following the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. The speaker’s external probing of the present zeitgeist is juxtaposed with personal narrative; the speaker’s ongoing crisis of both geographical and ideological citizenship. Significant themes include truth, consequence, migration, and escape.
The literary elements of A KALEIDOSCOPE are informed by Joan Didion’s THE WHITE ALBUM as she tracks political and personal events of the 1960s using a journalistic approach. BLUETS by Maggie Nelson informs the obsessive poetics of the style. Neela Vaswani’s YOU HAVE GIVEN ME A COUNTRY provided another valuable model for interweaving cultural discourses, informing how the speaker straddles her British and American identities during the era of Brexit and Trump.
Firetto-Toomey, Chloe C. Ms, "Kaleidoscope: Essays on Color" (2019). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4024.
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