Title

Post

Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

'Post' deals with issues regarding the act of reading, writing, and the inevitability of imaginative erasure. Using two distinct, yet fundamentally related, narratives, 'Post' splits the reader's focus between a dysfunctional kid in an unfriendly city, trying to uncover the origins of a mysterious list of addresses, and the creator of said list, a misanthropic collector, who hopes to conceal the absences and injuries of his past by mimicking, and living through, the lives of his others (i.e. people who share his name). By erasing certain facts that contradict their perspectives, and by projecting themselves onto the people/objects/events they investigate, both characters portray the acts of reading and writing as always already flawed pursuits, prompting the reader to question the very means by which he or she processes texts.