Capstone/Thesis Title

Wildflowers and Smoke

Term

Spring 5-10-2018

Upload Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Primary Advisor/Thesis Chair

Angela Pelster-Wiebe

Secondary Advisor/Outside Reader

Katrina Vandenberg

Degree Name

MFA

Abstract

Wildflowers and Smoke, a hybrid thesis manuscript, part lyric essay, part poetry, ponders Rural Womanhood - becoming a woman in the masculine space of rural America. It examines the dualities and hypocrisies that accompany this space: the appeal of masculine strength even though the narrator was surrounded by strong women; the love and hate of everything seemingly never changing in the corners of society; her disgust as friends claim all country folk "rednecks" and "Republican" and "racist," while constantly perpetuating that very stigma.

Subgenre

Essay, Lyric essay, Hybrid / multi-genre

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