Sans Fin: Language of Loss

Proctor, Lane Jennings (2017) Sans Fin: Language of Loss. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Matt Bondurant from English, University of Mississippi.


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This is a hybrid collection of creative pieces that I have written in order to try to capture the feelings associated with loss and oppression. These pieces are only loosely related thematically and are not one single narrative. I especially wanted to focus on female characters who become disillusioned with their lives, find they have no real agency, or that they cannot truly write their own narratives. Through research on the Middle East, mostly focusing on Syria, and a close friendship with a Syrian refugee while I was studying abroad in Paris, I found the inspiration and ideas for many of the pieces in this collection, such as the short story, Ola. Through a semester of research conducted on the history of Algeria and the Algerian War of 1954-1962, and through a close friendship with a Frenchman from Algeria and his wife, I found the ideas and inspiration for my stories Amina and Marwa. None of these stories reach conclusions, nor do I think they really ever could have. I wrote fragments of these women’s lives to create the impression of a perpetual and shared story of loss.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Proctor, Lane Jennings
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in English and French
Thesis Advisor: Matt Bondurant
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Depositing User: Ms. Lane Proctor
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 16:02
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 16:02

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