Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts
Creative writing, Fiction
Reality for 21st century Americans is increasingly fragmented between electronic, technological, chemical, and societal pressures. Towners call us a circus examines what happens to identity when exposed to ontological plurality, decay, and paradox. Set during the eve of World War I, the narrative follows a circus troupe finds itself in an ontological purgatory of being simultaneously alive and dead as they work to resolve their reality, and thus their identities, as one or the other.
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Kelling, Patrick, "Towners Call Us a Circus" (2015). Restricted Access ETDs. 51.