Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process

First Advisor

Don Snyder

Second Advisor

Jane Cleland


Failed States is a work of speculative fiction about a near-future America facing extinction. Relying on examples of historical and literary fiction in research for this project, the student explored techniques like unconventional language, neo-Biblical syntax, and apocalyptic vision. The work addresses urgent questions of philosophy, politics, and religion while touching on themes of liberty versus security, love versus hate, and the power of free thought.

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