Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
The West represents a region of escape and reinvention. This collection of personal essays road trips along the modern migration route, following my season as a tourist, alone in a teal Plymouth Neon, traveling from the Midwest to West through national parks and monuments. The essays consider the making of our flip-flopped, Coke-swilling tourist selves. They examine religion and spirituality in sacred lands. They look at what and who we should really fear when we set out alone. These traveling essays are paired with midwestern essays focused on hunting mushrooms, gardening, and learning to make a home. The essays find a tension between settling and traveling.
Rebekah Ann Beall Warburton
Beall Warburton, Rebekah Ann, "Not a land for tourists" (2011). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 12052.