Date of Award

8-22-2019

Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Josh Russell

Abstract

This thesis, a compilation of stories, features hurricane survivors of the American south: Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Puerto Rico. Set in the wake of the major southern hurricanes of the 21st Century thus far – Katrina, Irma, Harvey, and Maria –the respective characters in this compilation will be forced to confront profound loss, negotiate trauma, forge new and strange relationships, come-of-age, and reconsider what it means to have a home in and around the United States. Each story will be told from a different and unique point of view creating a chorus of southern American voices that rarely receive airtime. As these hurricane-stricken places gentrify, erasing what was, these fantastic lives that illustrate – even celebrate – loss, frustration, and shame in the United States only continue to be ignored. This thesis honors their profound sense of survival.

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