Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Bastard is a collection of eleven memoirs and personal essays that center on the question ‘what does it mean to be a parent?’ The narrator of the collection looks inward at his own experience with trauma, while also trying to situate the origin of the trauma in the relationship with his grandmother and father. Themes of memory, race, escape, and overcoming adversity run throughout the collection. There are very graphic depicts of child abuse in several pieces, as well as candid conversations about race and racism. By the final piece, the answer to the central question has been reached and the narrator has embarked on a journey to be a better parent. This collection draws inspiration from writers such as Richard Wright, Mary Karr, Harriet Jacobs, and Maxine Hong Kingston.
(2021). Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Thesis, English, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/4z9z-4076
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