Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Holbrook, Susan (English Language, Literature and Creative Writing)

Keywords

Literature.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Lists Of All You Left Behind is a novella and an accompanying critical essay that together attempt to understand the relationship in contemporaneity between what people consume, culturally speaking, and who they are. The novel's narrative details a central character's growth toward an experience of the world that--while remaining open to the possibility that mass culture may still assist us in constructing "some" kind of valid contemporary meaning--is authentic and direct. The work proposes, in short, an interdependent relationship between cultural consumption and personal identity: culture both constructs our subjectivity in the world and reflects it.

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