Tin Hammock features the first four chapters of a novel. The keystone setting is a trailer park called Oak Hammock, located on a developed pine forest reaching into the swamplands off U.S. 41. The subsidiary settings are predominantly written in Florida with occasional shifts elsewhere. The literary project was written with nods to the Faulknerian Southern Gothic, borrowing from traditions of science fiction and horror, with an emphasis on expanding the forms of past hegemonic narratives. The stories explore trauma and redemption, answering how characters have arrived and live, often in poverty and violence, in this trailer park. Tin Hammock is a character-driven book, presenting individuals living tumultuous lives in this underexplored region, both in literature and the nation's psyche. Through an inspection of these characters' struggles and triumphs, narrative of empathy-as-action emerges, while also providing a cautionary tale for the careless treatment of the natural land. Overlapping in object, plot, and theme, these chapters unveil Florida's grit and levity, sorrow, and reflection.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Lindsay, Ian, "Tin Hammock" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1607.