Keywords

Fiction, nostalgia, old west, east texas, derangement

Abstract

Lightning Flowers traces the psychological collapse of Waylan Dranger, an East Texas construction worker / folk artist. Waylan suffers from hallucinatory encounters with Reeve, his missing brother. Reeve often blames Waylan for his disappearance and implied death. Waylan also worries that Sam, his live-in girlfriend, will leave him before he can resolve his own increasingly erratic behavior. Largely, Lightning Flowers is preoccupied with the consequences of nostalgic thinking. Among others, the novel grapples with the following questions: What defines contemporary notions of “brotherhood”? To what extent does one's survival necessitate self-delusion? How do social stigmas inform our experience of mental illness?

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Graduation Date

2015

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Neal, Mary

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

English

Degree Program

Creative Writing

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0006054

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0006054

Language

English

Release Date

November 2020

Length of Campus-only Access

5 years

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)

Subjects

Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities

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