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dc.contributor.authorDerks, Mark Henryen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T16:03:03Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T16:03:03Z
dc.date.issued2012-04-26en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05032012-140155en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/77488
dc.description.abstractThese stories examine the lives of working class people in light of the current economic and social climate. They address and attempt to empathize with the despair and disillusionment many working class Americans express in response to their economic and social realities, and the stories attempt to walk a non-judgmental line regarding the attitudes these characters espouse. Instead of judging the characters or championing a particular moral stance, the pieces attempt to present individuals faced with major failures: child abandonment, guilt over preventable death, overriding selfishness, racism, and shame regarding social status. These failures of character or morality echo the larger failings, as the characters perceive them, of their time and place. Within this worldview of disillusionment and despair, many of the characters in these stories choose to struggle toward self-betterment—not economic or social betterment per se, but individual betterment, a reckoning with themselves and their failures that necessarily reflects and interacts with the world they inhabit. These are stories rooted in the Midwest and its rust-belt inhabitants, but for all their contemporary socio-economic concerns, the stories are first and foremost concerned with the individual and representing each individual portrayed accurately and honestly.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectMidwesten_US
dc.subjectShort Storiesen_US
dc.subjectGrand Rapidsen_US
dc.subjectMiddle Ageen_US
dc.subjectRegreten_US
dc.subjectWorking Classen_US
dc.titleSaints of Grand Rapidsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEnglishen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Fine Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Fine Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCreative Writingen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairFalco, Edward C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMann, Jeffrey A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRoy, Lucinda H.en_US
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05032012-140155/en_US
dc.date.sdate2012-05-03en_US


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