Publication Date

5-2015

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

3-5-2015

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

Major Advisor

Brady Udall, M.F.A.

Advisor

Mitchell Wieland, M.F.A.

Advisor

Bruce Ballenger, Ph.D.

Abstract

“Land of Entrapment” is a colloquial pun on the state motto of New Mexico, “The Land of Enchantment.” Though not every story is set in New Mexico, all of these stories examine characters trapped by something. In some cases, it’s drugs or terminal disease, while in others, characters are manacled by their emotions and feelings. In almost every case, the characters are haunted by their past, an inextricable part of their story, their existence. The narratives explore how these characters cope with their inescapable past while under some kind of duress, and find that the space between acceptance and despair is not easily delineated.

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