Portland State University. Department of English
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Date of Publication
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
Fiction, Gun Violence, Identity, Meaning Making, Natural World, Trauma Narrative
1 online resource ( pages)
Heartbreak and Head Trauma is a novel -- a work of contemporary fiction -- set in rural Washington State, exploring themes of patriarchal, racial and physical trauma; meaning and meaninglessness; and the value of meaning as found through connection to the natural world. The narrative centers three primary characters prior to, during, and following the events of a school shooting. The form is fragmented, as is the narrative -- told from third, second, and first person points of view -- reflecting the intrinsic temporal and interpersonal delineation of traumatic experiences. The novel explores the value of meaning making through nature as a way of healing, or at least coping.
© 2023 August Joseph Amoroso
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Amoroso, August Joseph, "Heartbreak and Head Trauma" (2023). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6441.
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