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dc.contributor.advisor Tichy, Susan Pears, Sean
dc.creator Pears, Sean 2015-04-21 2015-08-13T14:50:53Z 2020-04-21T06:44:32Z 2015-08-13
dc.description This work was embargoed by the author and will not be publicly available until April 2020. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an exploration of my parents' decision to emigrate from apartheid South Africa in the early 1980s for political/ideological reasons, and within that context, the role and function of "apologist" stories. To that point, the thesis meditates on the limits of and what it means to tell "true" stories, in ways that will hopefully reflect on the guiding principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). These themes are developed across short essays, poems that privilege sound and linguistic play, and longer poems that work within both abstract representational and epic narrative modes. I plan to develop this thesis into a longer manuscript that more explicitly draws connections to the TRC, continues my parents' narrative into the present day, and also reflects more directly on the racial politics of contemporary America after the death of Michael Brown.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject apology en_US
dc.subject whiteness en_US
dc.subject apartheid en_US
dc.subject race en_US
dc.title LOW en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing en_US Master's en Creative Writing en George Mason University en

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