Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

MA English




Mark Svenvold, M.F.A.

Committee Member

Cara Blue Adams, M.F.A.


body as landscape, short story collection


"Choking Hazards" is a collection of three short stories and a poem. Identity, whether national or personal relies on a collective imagination formulated from both facts and fiction. Thus, the relationship of truth is equally indebted to history and invention. Zadie Smith’s craft essay, “Fail Better,” recognizes writing as, “the attempted revelation of this elusive, multifaceted self,” (Smith 355). Though we only have our own limited knowledge of the self, we can find other selves through literature. Grappling with these old selves and their histories is a centripetal process, where bodies, their limitations, coded interactions and social constructions cannot be extricated from their physical, socio-economic, political and cultural environment.The body bears witness where the groupthink of memory cannot. As someone living in a mixed-race body and an immigrant-just-turned citizen, I’m interested in the body as a landscape— operating under the politics of difference and as a shared point of contact. I’ve always existed in this hybrid space, a product of migration and hyphenization.

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