Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

ZZ Packer

Second Advisor

Jill McDonough

Third Advisor

Daphne Kalotay


Big Sound is a novel in progress. In these four stories, witty and thoughtful painter Marie Lennon reflects on her recently dissolved marriage, considers the awkward and exciting potential of new relationships, and enjoys fierce and loyal friendship with important women in her life. Through the often comic lens of Marie’s self-preoccupation and relentless judgment of others, this thesis considers questions of contemporary gender dynamics, the politics of privilege in creative work, and the modern meaning of marriage.


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