While You Were Looking Elsewhere
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
ABSTRACT The following work is a collection of interconnected short stories that constellate around the life and relationship of one central character. Each story is told from the perspective of a different character who has directly or indirectly been affected by the choices make by the main character. The book explores themes of sexuality, love and commitment. In the earlier part of the twentieth century, American society had constructed standards for relationships that had clear models and were ostensibly uniform and accepted. These roles and expectations have been reexamined in the latter half of the century, resulting in a fracturing of the heteronormative paradigm. There are many more broadly acceptable ways to express love and sexuality, but very few models to follow. This collection takes place in the space between the neat surface of the earlier model and the myriad alternatives that have begun to present themselves.
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Nunes, Jennifer Marie, "While You Were Looking Elsewhere" (2009). LSU Master's Theses. 1050.