Date of Thesis

2016

Thesis Type

Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Master of Arts

Major

English

First Advisor

Christopher Camuto

Keywords

creative nonfiction, essays, Bulgaria, faith, travel

Abstract

In the academic year 2013-2014, I was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Dobrich, Bulgaria. The experience refined my writing voice and prompted my entrance into graduate school. Bulgaria was, as religious literature would call it, a "desert experience." Bulgaria was simultaneously magical and desolate. A reflective and landscape-attentive voice emerged on the page to grapple with this paradox. I wrote a creative nonfiction thesis that engaged my personal experience of eastern European culture. The thesis is a collection of stand-alone essays that use various modes of essay structure, tone, and subject matter to get at the complex impact my experience in Bulgaria had on my life.

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