Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
The Book of Changes is a collection of twelve short stories which correspond to the hexagrams of the ancient Chinese oracle, the I Ching. Each hexagram in the I Ching indicates an answer to a question. When a line moves, the hexagram changes into another hexagram. Thus my twelve stories represent two hexagrams; one moving and one at rest. In a way, each story moves, changing into its opposite. Like the I Ching, my stories illustrate the dynamics of dualistic oppositions. Through a process of accident, discovery, decision, and action, endings become beginnings, lies result in truth, fate engenders free will, dispersion leads to gathering, and false hope brings true belief. Unlike the I Ching, my stories are not a means of oracular divination. The future, like language, memory, and truth, is slippery, intangible. Instead, my stories present readers with the potential contained within a single moment, a reflection of the readers own hopes, desires, or fears.
Jolemore, Nancy H..
"The Book of Changes"
(2000). Master of Fine Arts (MFA), thesis, English, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/cyky-f661
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