Date of Award
Master of Arts
Cyclorama is a compilation of poems and short stories, ranging from short-shorts to the more traditional short story form, all dealing with the issues facing women from early childhood through old age. Happy endings are for the most part missing, but this is a part of the American female experience-lives filled with and formed by a vast range of experiences that dictate the difference between right and wrong, disappointments that paralyze the human spirit for days or even lifetimes, life lessons that teach women the rules of being the daughters, mothers, and wives our society expects. Some women love their roles, but many others are bitter, or resigned, or lost in a fog of denial that clears only when it seems too late to change anything. These stories attempt to address the complex issues facing women today as well as the strength of character women must have in order to face each day in spite of overwhelming odds that the day will bring with it more disappointments. Women are the strong ones, the ones who nurture and build those around us, and because of that they often settle for less than they really want and need. They have learned to content ourselves with the "happy middles" of life, those fleeting moments of pleasure that inevitably come their way.
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Kata O'Bannon Alvidrez
O'Bannon Alvidrez, Kata, "Cyclorama: a collection of short fiction and poetry about the lives of women" (1999). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 292.