Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process
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.
O'Donnell, Justin Y., "Failed States" (2019). Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing Theses. 40.
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