Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

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

Prageeta Sharma

Commitee Members

Debra Magpie Earling, Hipolito Rafael Chacon


Diaspora, Fiction, Guam, Pacific Islanders, Queer Identity, Short Stories


University of Montana


A collection of short stories and experimental forms centered upon the life of Atti, a heroine whose experience as a multi-ethnic, lesbian-identified artist contributes to her (and other characters') theories about identity formation in a global community--one in which Western norms and Chamoru cultural practices are juxtaposed. Atti (whose name in Chamoru means "one who plays tricks") is an atypical heroine-figure, even in the most contemporary American literature, though her experience is representative of a significant community of Pacific Islanders currently living in America.



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