Title

In the Body

Date of Award

7-18-2008

Degree Type

Closed Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. John Holman - Chair

Second Advisor

Prof. Josh Russell

Third Advisor

Dr. Sheri Joseph

Abstract

This dissertation is comprised of a collection of nine short stories concerning two young women raised in the same Korean American church environment. In their adolescence, both women are exposed to the influence of a religious cult; one joins, the other does not. This dissertation explores the crises that occur in the wake of a collision between culture and religion as each character seeks to find redemption and renewed faith in God, in family, and in herself.

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