English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

7-11-2013

Abstract

This Side Up, Upside Down is a collection of one short novella and six short stories dealing with themes of guilt, disconnection, mis-creation, aging, death, grief, and time. The stories mostly follow the life of Theo Cobarde, a Mexican-American man living in the small town of Eagle, Idaho. He is concerned with the experiences of his older family members, who were all migrant farm workers in California in the mid-twentieth century. Having grown up in Idaho, Theo feels disconnected from his family, and most of all, from his father. The guilt of how he treated his aging father eats away at Theo Cobarde, causing strange occurrences in his life.

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

English

First Advisor

Mueller, Daniel

First Committee Member (Chair)

Warner, Sharon Oard

Second Committee Member

Shea, Jerome

Third Committee Member

Islam, Maimuna Dali

Language

English

Keywords

Grief, Aging, Family Relationships, Disconnection, Death, Guilt, Father, Son, Family, Migrant Work, California, Idaho, Fabulism, Magic Realism

Document Type

Dissertation

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