Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Advisor's Name
Julie Marie Wade
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Arts and Humanities, Creative Writing, Nonfiction
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APPARENT MAGNITUDE is a collection of lyric essays that explores family relationships, the Cuban-American immigrant experience, coming-of-age, and sexual trauma through the dual lenses of science and myth. This collection uses experimental forms, playing with the page. The experiences of an immigrant Cuban family are recounted through extended metaphors of celestial bodies, fairy tales, fables, and myths.
The literary influences of APPARENT MAGNITUDE include Rebecca McClanahan’s lyric essay, “Interstellar,” as well as A SMALL PLACE by Jamaica Kincaid. McClanahan’s use of scientific language and the metaphor of celestial bodies informs the way this collection approaches autobiographical experience. Kincaid’s prose style informs the incantatory and declarative tone of various pieces. The visual design and spatial elements of APPARENT MAGNITUDE are influenced by A. Van Jordan’s M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A and Tamiko Beyer’s WE COME ELEMENTAL.
Anaya, Diana, "Apparent Magnitude" (2019). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4055.
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