Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
1 online resource (ii, 93 pages)
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction, Other (Philosophy) -- Fiction, Sex workers -- Fiction, Racially mixed people -- Fiction
Human Subjects is a collection of eight short stories that explore the role of identity, otherness, and personhood in contemporary life. Two sex workers try to buy new faces after a botched plastic surgery, a young girl struggles to find her place in a religious sweat cult, mixed race orphans commune with ghosts in a Korean orphanage, best friends embark on a road trip across America in search of a mother. Human Subjects works to tell stories about deeply felt wants and desires from perspectives at the margins, caught in a state of in between. This collection grapples with what it means to be a subject, and what it means to be subjected.
Ken, Stephanie Wong, "Human Subjects" (2017). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4023.