Thesis Title

Crater Lake

Major Department

English

College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Degree

BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2018

Honors Major Advisor

Marie Kruger

Thesis Mentor

Sean DeMers

Abstract

"Crater Lake" is a short story cycle exploring themes of queerness and Catholicism, working within the storytelling constraints of bildungsroman while attempting to subvert the genre in a way that highlights the extended adolescence that growing up in a homophobic environment creates. The characters grapple with vocation, infidelity, and abuse, all while trying to reconcile themselves with the small town they call their home. They are not the same person at the end of the story that they were at the beginning--they have come of age, in some small way, through self-acceptance.

Keywords

Queerness, Catholicism, Rural Iowa, Bildungsroman

Total Pages

96 pages

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 Molly Arndt

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/146