Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
1 online resource (ii, 83 p.)
Realist fiction, Sense of belonging, Sense of place, Place (Philosophy) in literature -- Fiction, Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction, Well-being -- Fiction
The five stories in this collection are an exploration of realist fiction through a variety of narrative points of view and a diversity of characters. The stories explore issues of class, age, work and family, but in each piece, the characters struggle in their own way to discover a sense of belonging in their own lives. Central to each of these stories is a sense of place. All are set in the American west, most in rural California and the land and activities of place provide not only a specific landscape, but often a limitation, a narrative element against which the characters both resist and find their truest home.
Wentzel, Marie-Monique, "The Woods Were Never Quiet" (2011). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1166.