Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process

First Advisor

Daniel Pope

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Cohen

Abstract

Jesus in L.A. follows the lives of Jesus, the collection’s protagonist and the twenty-first-century version of Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ, or “Christ,” the biblical version of Jesus Christ; and Jesus’ ex-girlfriend, the earth. Throughout the collection, Jesus struggles with the self-estrangement, cultural aimlessness, and consumerism inherent to modern-day America. Meanwhile, Christ and the earth serve as backgrounds of indifference, until Jesus, increasingly alienated, leaves the story’s setting, L.A. Un-religious, Jesus in L.A. is social commentary on contemporary America, where recent shifts in ideologies have manifested themselves in quiet details.

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