Date of Graduation

Spring 2020


Master of Arts in English



Committee Chair

Jennifer Murvin


This thesis begins with a critical introduction which analyzes the use of objective correlative and varying points of view in creative writing in order to generate dialogue on cultural issues. I relate theories from Edward T. Hall, T.S. Eliot, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Lubomír Doležel to my own writing. Additionally, I situate my own multi-genre writing with work of contemporaries such as Maggie Nelson and Claudia Rankine. My hypothesis is that writers can use an objective correlative (Eliot) from the top of the cultural iceberg (Hall) as an entry point to representing deeper, more fraught cultural issues. Additionally, by experimenting with point of view, writers may create a greater sense of dialogism (Bakhtin) within their work and surrounding their work. These techniques can help make writing more accessible and create cultural conversations about a writer’s body of work.


creative writing, creative nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, objective correlative, cultural iceberg, dialogism, point of view, class, gender

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Fiction | Modern Literature | Nonfiction | Poetry


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