Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Richard Douglas Chin



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A young man returns home to Lavington, a rural British Columbian town, freshly graduated with an Bachelors in English and without any direction in his life. In an effort to guide his life forward he undertakes writing an autobiography told through the filter of popular music. The narrator combines discussions of the sociology of popular music and its many facets and genres (i.e. the love song, the canon, the guitar solo etc) with an "aural mapping," a connecting of songs and albums to various instances, people and experiences in his life. It is through this melding that the protagonist develops a sense of his own identity and is able to create plans for the future and move forward.