Title

Leechdom

Identifier

etd-04112014-161230

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The novel takes place in leprosarium at the turn of the 20th century in Southern Louisiana. The narrator is an apostolic nun who takes care of patients and attends to the general upkeep of the camp. She ruminates on her experiences, describes various visions she undergoes, and attempts to understand the illness that surrounds her. The camp itself consists of a delicate balance of power among patients and the nuns who oversee them. As opposed to a largely chronological narrative, the novel is structured more spatially, rooted in the various structures artifacts of the camp.

Date

2014

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Bennett, James

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