Title

Principia

First Advisor

Leni Zumas

Date of Publication

Spring 6-28-2019

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing

Department

Entomology

Subjects

Women -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Social conditions -- Fiction, Cults -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Fiction, Christianity -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Fiction

DOI

10.15760/etd.7004

Physical Description

1 online resource (ii, 84 pages)

Abstract

Two hundred years ago, a violent Christian extremist cult was excommunicated from their native Iceland. Now living in isolation on an island off the coast of Newfoundland, these Pilgrims defend their practice of child-marriage and widow burning as an integral part of worship. Sassa Jóhannsdottir is a 16-year-old member of the colony on the verge marrying a man--a virtual stranger--twice her age. Forced to watch the women of her community sacrifice their independence, happiness, and even their lives, Sassa seeks solace in relationships with her best friend Marta, her young ewe Fær, and the natural world. With Wifehood looming, Sassa must reckon with her faith, her societal role, and her alleged destiny.

Comments

This thesis is only available to students, faculty and staff at PSU.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/29603

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