Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

English, Writing (The Writing Program)

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW)

Degree Type



This thesis, a collection of essays, mixes the historical with the critical with the autobiographical. The floating consciousness of the narrator is an intellectual and emotional magpie operating under a spell of family, friendship, the ecstasy of creation, the dizziness of appreciation, the lure of the natural world, the loss of romance. The meandering/associative/braided narrative reveals the attention of an astute eye as it catches on a shard of botany, art, memory. The narrator's impulse is to collect, to make patterns, to freeze time and experience, to figure things out, to make sense of your world and to understand her life, even if at times it might elude all understanding. A number of writers also appear in these pages: literary theorists, art critics, historians, and so on.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Edward McPherson

Committee Members

Kathleen Finneran, Edward McPherson, Danielle Dutton

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