Portland State University. Department of English
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
1 online resource (iii, 217 pages)
"There But Not But There" is a novel written in fragments and short vignettes. The narrative is a collage of the first and third person points of view, as well as a series of ancillary texts, including magazine articles and email exchanges. Through this network of overlapping and merging lenses and narrative registers, the novel explores the complexities of the grieving process, the warped dimensions affected by psychological disturbance, and the individual's attempt to disappear, dissociate and detach from the self. Over the course of the novel, the unnamed protagonist, or first person narrator, travels through lived, dreamt, fantasized, and imagined realms as she attempts to reconcile her father's betrayal and her mother's suicide.
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Levitt, Kathleen, "There But Not But Now" (2020). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5524.