Year of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Other Degree Name/Area of Focus

Creative Writing Program

Department or School/College

Department of English

Committee Chair

Judy Blunt

Commitee Members

Debra Earling, Jeff Hull


Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Essay, Literary, Literary Journalism, Literary Nonfiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Personal Essay


University of Montana


What follows are a collection of personal essays that focus on close examinations of shifting meaning. Many essays are intensely focused on aesthetics, from the aesthetic elegance of idealized love, through art, to what personal meaning for which people live. Aestheticism seems an ideal that is to be strived for, but never attained. The included essays focus on the disparity between the banality of a lived life and perceived elegance.

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