Portland State University. Department of English
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
Psychic trauma -- Fiction
1 online resource (iv, 73 pages)
Dog Music is a ghost story. It is a decade's worth of personal experience in forming, understanding, and accepting a post-traumatic-stress disorder diagnosis through an amalgamation of relationships. It is the recursion of hauntings stemming from a dislocation of time, memory, place, and the discombobulation of identity. Revisiting these passages, many written years ago, I felt a disconnect between who I am now and who I was then. They are vignettes of a person long dead, a series of apparitions conjured with each reading, then entombed in a manuscript.
It includes the habits and hallways of obsession whetted through recurring trauma, the hauntings of those culled forth from a land of the dead through reading, and the hope sprung through grounding in the presence of the now. The fulcrum of the manuscript is hauntology, defined as "a range of ideas referring to the return or persistence of elements from the social or cultural past, as in the manner of a ghost." The text is informed by ideas popularized by French philosopher Jacques Derrida, whose works were explored by Mark Fisher. Dog Music is my attempt at a literary spirit bottle tree, filled with crushed glass, razor wire, and memories to rouse the nightmarish ghosts of my past and trap them here within, forever.
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Richman, Andrew Joseph, "Dog Music, or, An Invitation to a Haunting" (2022). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5934.