First Advisor

Diana Abu-Jaber

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Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in English





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1 online resource (199 pages)


Luminous Days is a representation of my artistic vision, literary goals, and social influences. Artistically, I intend to create fiction that is aesthetically appealing. This aesthetic appeal includes the presence of a distinct narrative voice, realistically rendered settings, multidimensional characters, meticulous attention to diction, and sentence construction. The literary goal I hold in the highest regard is the creation of a body of work that demonstrates continued growth in my craft.

What I intend to render in my thesis is an accurate portrayal of the effects that drugs on the lives of my characters, and more specifically the relational strains of this disease on my characters. Luminous Days was not intended to be a mere exploration of drug addiction through the eyes of an addict, but an examination also, of the effects of people addicted to drug profits. Throughout this thesis I hope readers will glean insights into a culture this is at once marginalized, exploited, glorified, and criticized.

Artistically I hoped to create a story that is universally appealing by ascribing my characters problems and issues that are common to the human experience. I feel specificity in character depiction was a major component of that goal. I hoped to humanize my characters by ascribing them distinct desires, hopes, fears, and triumphs. In reading this thesis I want writers to realize one important thing: My work on this story is far from complete. This is a first draft of an almost completed manuscript. Read this work knowing that there are many drafts to come in terms of the evolution of my story.


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