Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2013

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Debra Marquart

Abstract

RENOVATION AND REVOLUTION: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF HOMES IN VIRGINIA

Renovation and Revolution is the first half of a book length series of linked essays exploring the history of houses in Virginia from 1607 to the present. Readers travel through the American Indian town of Paspahegh, models of waddle and daub houses excavated at James Town, Appalachian cabins, freed slave refugee camps, manor houses shipped from England, low-income garden apartments, a sprawling commune, abandoned college dorms modeled after world's fair designs, and much more. This tour ultimately guides readers to a better understanding of what it means to be at home in America, a land founded on movement and innovation, yet constantly searching for its roots. This half covers pre-history through the Civil War with a few side stories foraying into the 21st century.

Copyright Owner

Megan White

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

166 pages

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