Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Creative Writing and Environment
K. L. Cook
Proximities, a collection of six thematically connected short stories, explores the dilemmas posed by living in ecotones—how close relationships shift the sense of self and how human and natural environments become layered on top of one another. Proximities draws on realist and, in one story, slipstream literary traditions alongside research in mythology, gender studies, and environmental studies to better encapsulate the range of voices of those struggling to express their thoughts and live within the contemporary landscape. The stories in Proximities investigate emotional and environmental dilemmas—in particular, invasive species, fluid sexualities, and human, animal, and environmental ecotones—and ask what kind of relationships can be developed when so many are struggling to simply understand themselves and the environment and culture around them.
Mike L. Robbins
Robbins, Mike L., "Proximities: Stories" (2020). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 17956.
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