MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Thomas Alan Holmes, Michael Cody
In Fred Chappell’s Kirkman tetralogy, narrator Jess Kirkman synthesizes a multiplicity of perspectives for understanding the nature of truth. Blurring the distinction between art and life, Jess's narrative structure mirrors the imaginative reconstruction of experience; the novels are largely non-chronological emotive interactions with and reflections of his most salient memories and imaginings. Synthesizing an impressive cacophony of voices, Jess's stories both describe and apply the wisdom and tales Jess acquires from and with his family members. Each story informs the prior and the next, and the rhizomatic interaction between language, narrative, and reader explores Jess's numerous identities and understandings as narratives venture through space, time, and imagination.
Thesis - Open Access
Blumenstock, Alex L., "Jess's Search for an Understanding of Truth in Fred Chappell's Kirkman Tetralogy" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2500. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2500
Copyright 2015 by Alex Blumenstock