Title

Sucking Green Tamarind Dipped in Sizzling Wood Ashes

Date of Award

12-1-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Joseph Hutchison

Keywords

Creative; Creative; Culture; Folklore; Legend; Reflective; Tamarind; Triptych; Writing

Abstract

A triptych is defined as a hinged writing tablet consisting of three leaves, used in Ancient Rome (American College Dictionary 2009). The triptych was a popular format for altar paintings during The Middle Ages. This project focuses on specific story motifs that produce truth, belief, skepticism, moral lessons, and fear. It interlaces three literary genres, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and explores how folklore, particularly the legend genre, succeeds in a culture on the basis of (a) informational selection (i.e., truth or a moral lesson); and (b) emotional selection (i.e., the ability to evoke emotions like horror, fear, disgust). The nonfiction leaf of this triptych is the conclusion that discusses personal experiences with emotional ideas and lessons learned in graduate classes.

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